Last week we talked about some smartphone articles found in the news. The Victor crew came across another article this past week that seemed interesting. It’s about how looking at smartphones (or even your tablets, laptops, or even desktops) by bending over it too long can cause headaches or even neurological pains. It may also happen if you are a voracious reader.
Adam Clark Estes from Gizmodo describes what happened to him. He found he had what is called occipital neuralgia. The nerves become entrapped in the neck and can cause headaches and neck pain. His doctor says she has seen “this condition skyrocket since smartphones became popular.”
Adam found treatment: he had about 20 injections of steroids and numbing agents. There are probably some physical therapy exercises and stretches that might help.
There is another condition commonly called “text neck.” The neck muscles become strained from bending over smartphones and they are now looking into seeing if this leads to occipital neuralgia. Doctors are also exploring whether TMJ treatment can help treat text neck as well.