On any given day, most people spend an average of more than two hours gazing down at their mobile devices.
The electronic age is upon us, and according to New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer your smart devices could be causing pain in your back and neck that is similar to whiplash.
But unfortunately most people don’t notice the pain coming on until it’s gotten severe, which occurs when the muscles have been stretched to their limit. In fact, new data indicates that texting can add about 60 pounds of force to the spine.
Your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon finds that his patients often complain of numbness and tingling down into their arms which can eventually lead to cervical degeneration disc disease.
But there are preventative actions you can take to prevent the pain, and it all begins with being aware of your posture. Correct your posture while sitting or standing by getting your head over your neck, while maintaining the curves of your back.
Your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon also suggests stretching by bending your neck to the left and right to stretch the muscles that are located along the side and back of your neck.
And remember – it’s okay to put your device down once in a while. Remind yourself that maybe it’s time to sit up, change what you’re doing, and add a stretch or two at the time.
If you are suffering from back or neck pain and need relief, call the office of New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer today to schedule a consultation.