You may have heard the term “Text Neck” in the news, on social media, or in a discussion among friends. Although this condition is increasingly discussed, it has yet to be taken very seriously. A number of our patients complain of the symptoms of this condition, though not all of them believe their neck pain began with staring at their phones. Text Neck is very real and poses a serious risk.
Text Neck is a result of staring down or staying hunched over an activity for too long. This posture isn’t exactly new; people have done this for centuries with books, drawings, sewing, and many other activities. The condition is referred to as “Text Neck” because the saturation of mobile devices, and our cultural addiction to them, have multiplied the amount of time we spend hunched over.