The Dangers of Tech Neck

According to a report from Harvard Medical School, about 10% of the population at any given time suffers from “tech neck”, also known as “text neck.” A whopping 70% of people will have pain from tech neck at some point in their lives, and 50%-85% will have tech neck more than once in the span of five years. 

At Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Utica, New York and the metropolitan Washington, DC area, Dr. Nameer Haider can help identify and treat the root cause of your neck pain

Understanding tech neck

Compression of the nerves where the spine tapers to connect with the skull can cause stiffness and stabbing pain in the back of the neck, strain across the shoulders, and headaches. If this sounds like you, and you spend a lot of time with your mobile device or laptop in your lap instead of on a desk or table, you could have tech neck.

Nerve compression is often caused by bad habits when it comes to using handheld devices such as mobile phones, tablets, or laptops. Your skull weighs about 10-12 pounds, and your nerves and muscles can easily support that weight when you’re upright and looking forward. 

However, if you incline your head forward and down, every degree of angle adds the equivalent of additional weight. If you hold your head at a 60-degree angle looking down at your phone or laptop, you end up with the equivalent of 60 extra pounds of pressure on the back of your neck.

Over time, this pressure can cause the nerves at the top of your spine to become pinched, or even contribute to a herniated disc. The more damage there is, the harder it is to repair, so seeking help early is key.

How tech neck can be treated

Dr. Haider will review your medical history, conduct a one-on-one discussion with you, and help you adjust your lifestyle and device use habits with proper ergonomics to relieve pressure on your neck. Then he’ll create an individualized treatment plan to manage your neck pain.

Our office focuses on regenerative medicine and interventional treatments to alleviate pain and provide relief. Depending on the severity of your pain and the amount of damage done to the discs or nerves in your neck and upper back, Dr. Haider may recommend:

The right treatment protocol and changes in posture can relieve your pain and prevent more damage. Are you ready to say goodbye to neck pain? Contact Cell Bionics by calling the location nearest you or by making an appointment online today.

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