Is all that scrolling and texting harming your spine? Looking down at a cell phone held at chest or waist level can lead to neck and back issues.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Reginald Davis explains that the texting posture results in neck muscles shortening and tightening and shoulders rolling forward in a hunched position.
He says eight out of 10 people experience back pain, which is caused when the spinal disks between the vertebrae become thin and brittle or push into nearby nerves. Other causes of back pain include:
- Wearing high heels
- Wearing flat shoes without support
- Sleeping on your stomach
Such everyday activities can lead to wear and tear or injury. To protect your back, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon reminds you to lift with your legs and not your back. He also says you might want to consider wearing a back belt when lifting heavy objects.
Treatments for relieving back pain include:
- Alternating between cold and hot compresses
- Taking over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory pills
- Visiting a chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist or massage therapist
If the back pain persists, you should see a doctor. Surgery may be needed to repair back injuries or relieve chronic back pain, and new minimally invasive procedures require a smaller incision and less recovery time. Mindy says she suffered from back pain and leg spasms for more than 10 years. After standing and walking became difficult, she decided to undergo laser spinal fusion surgery at the Laser Spine Institute.