Smartphone Addiction in Children can lead to Cervical Pain

May 15, 2019
Best Treatment for Cervical Pain

"Poor position while sitting or sleeping, or studying or while using the computer, smartphone, or television for long hours without altering their position and sitting inappropriately leads to neck and back pain from a very young age."

Is your child complaining of neck pain or backache? Limit their exposure to digital screens and gadgets.

Back and neck pain occur due to excessive strain on the spine, and are often cervical pain, which has become the most common form of pain to happen in a child’s body, according to Dr. Ravichandra Kelkar, Consultant – Orthopedics, Columbia Asia Hospital Hebbal.

Cervical pain in children usually can happen due to the following reasons:

  1. Being in a fixed position for long hours
  2. Improper posture
  3. Carrying heavy bags
  4. Sitting on an uncomfortable seat

The use of gadgets for long hours is what contributes to each of these issues, leading to more pain. "The maximum share of causing this problem lies with the continuous usage of gadgets. Poor position while sitting or sleeping, or studying or while using the computer, smartphone, or television for long hours without altering their position and sitting inappropriately leads to neck and back pain from a very young age. Cervical problems at such a tender age are very harmful as it tends to stay for a lifetime affecting the posture of the child life-long if not taken into account timely," said Dr. Kelkar.