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Smartphone neck assembly, or so-called smartphone neck is not yet an official disease entity. However, according to the website Science in Poland, more and more small patients complaining of neck, shoulder, head pain and hand numbness are being reported to specialists in the Pain Clinic at the Upper Silesian Children's Health Center in Katowice.

Based on the interview and examination and we recognize then the so-called smartphone neck syndrome, although there is no such disease in the international classification of diseases yet – Dr. Małgorzata Gola from the GCZD Pain Treatment Clinic told PAP.

This syndrome is a consequence of the forced position of the body when using a computer, mobile phone or tablet. This overloads one muscle group – e.g. shoulder girdle muscles, and weakens the other, e.g. neck muscles. An interview conducted in such a situation usually confirms that the child uses electronic devices very often and for a long time. Our recommendations to limit these sessions are often badly received, especially by children – emphasized Dr. Gola.

What happens to our spine when we lean over the screen of the smartphone is well shown by the short film prepared by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj:

The head of an adult weighs 4.5 to 5.5 kg. When we are erect, it rests on the first cervical vertebra, so-called levator, also called atlas. Its deflection causes that all the weight is transferred to the cervical spine, which is not adapted to support such a weight. Hence all pains and tingling in the hands.

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Doctors warn that more and younger people are suffering from pain. The reason is most often the use of mobile devices for many hours, especially smartphones, combined with incorrect body posture. The most dangerous is prolonged head tilt and slouching, which strains the cervical and thoracic spine. It is also disadvantageous to reach with your thumbs repeatedly at distant points on the phone screen. Prolonged thumb operation can lead to de Quervain syndrome, one of whose symptoms is persistent pain.

Doctors also speak of a "smartphone face". When we use the low-held device, we put the head forward while lowering it, which causes wrinkling of the skin around the neck. So a second chin is formed, and the skin becomes flabby with time. Theoretically, harm does not happen, but it can cause an aesthetic defect.

What to do then? Take smartphones from children. This is the first and completely unreal solution. But you can pay attention that they more often hold the smartphone at eye level or use it while lying down, with a pillow under the neck.

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