Posture and Neck Pain in Teenagers

Since the pandemic, I have noticed an increase in the number of teenagers with complaints of neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. On further investigation, I realized many teenagers developed postural deviations from holding their cell phones incorrectly.

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Look at the 2 pictures posted above and see if you identify yourself, or your teenager, in either of the postures presented. Holding the phone up towards your head, rather than hanging your head to get closer to the phone is very helpful. Make sure you keep your shoulders away from your ears and hold your chest up, instead of sagging down on your belly. “Nod” the head to look at the phone, instead of poking your head forwards. Making these slight changes will have a significant impact on decreasing neck pain and headaches.