Heavy phone use by teens causing major health problems
An Ottawa chiropractor says she is seeing dramatically more teenagers suffering from neck pain due to time spent on their phones.
The changes can be “a direct result of all the looking down” at smartphones and tablets, she says.
Norman says some of her patients are showing the early signs of osteoarthritis – degenerative joint disease.
As the Arthritis Society puts it: osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints wears away, “causing pain, stiffness, swelling and bone-on-bone movement in the affected joint.”
Mmmm....bone-on-bone movement. A small price to pay for staying on top of your friends’ Instagram activity, perhaps?
One 17-year-old patient seen by Dr. Norman complains of headaches and neck pain.
The problems seen by this Ottawa doctor are just one of the many health concerns associated with heavy smartphone use. From increased blood pressure to insufficient sleep, there seems to be a few risks, particularly with younger users.
Are you worried about the health risks of heavy smartphone use?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets