GREENSBORO, NC - Hours of texting appears to be catching up with some Piedmont millennials.
Doctors are seeing a number of “text neck” cases.
Text neck is a term used to describe neck pain associated with too much texting.
“We see them several times a week here in the clinic,” said Dr. Cody Matthews, a Novant Health family medicine specialist.
Matthews explains that the patients are not people who are texting occasionally throughout the day.
“For it to become a chronic injury it has to occur several hours throughout the day. We're not seeing it in people who are doing it kind of casually,” Matthews said.
A big health concern is that the posture associated with text neck puts pressure on the spine -- possibly causing premature damage over time.
You can avoid text neck by not hunching over when looking at your phone.
It’s recommended to keep the phone at eye level.