The Dangers of Tech Neck

Are you noticing neck pain at the end of each day? If you’re like many Americans, your neck pain could be caused by the accessibility of technology delivered through small screens. “Tech neck” is now a recognized condition, with its hallmark symptoms of neck stiffness, rigidity, and pain stretching from the base of your skull down into your upper back.

At Arlington Pain & Therapy, with locations in Mansfield and Arlington, Texas, our team of specialists can find a solution for your neck pain. If the underlying cause is tech neck, we can also help you find ways to prevent stiffness and pain from being a part of your daily routine. 

Identifying tech neck 

It’s estimated that 7 in 10 people experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and tech neck is becoming a more common culprit with every passing year. Tech neck, also known as “text neck,” generally presents as tightness across the back of the neck and pain shooting up toward the back of the skull and down into the spine. Tech neck is caused by compression of the nerves at the back of the neck, where the top of the spine connects to the skull. 

The problem lies in how you hold your head. The human head weighs approximately 10 pounds — when you’re looking straight ahead. If you tilt your head forward and down, however, the weight is increased. If you tilt your head forward at a 60-degree angle, it’s as if you had a 60-pound weight hanging from your neck.

If you spend a lot of time looking at a hand-held device, or a computer monitor that’s not correctly placed to encourage a vertical posture, your risk of tech neck goes way up.

Tech neck can cause serious damage

If you have tech neck, seeking medical help is a necessity. Over time, the strain and tension can cause damage to the top of your spine. You could end up with a herniated or slipped disc, or even permanent nerve damage. Our team can arrest the advancement of spinal involvement, and teach you to be more aware of your posture, while relieving pain.

Treatment for tech neck

At Arlington Pain & Therapy, we thoroughly examine your neck and may order an X-ray or other imaging tests so we can see exactly where the inflammation and pain are centered. Then we can lay out a treatment plan that may include:

If you suspect you may have tech neck, contact one of our three convenient locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, to find relief today.

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