How much time do you spend on your phone? More than 30 percent of mobile internet users confess they are online “almost constantly,” and 90 percent say they go online at least once a day. Statistics like these are alarming from a medical standpoint, because frequent phone use can do some serious damage to your spine. We treat a large number of patients with text neck, a condition that stems from overuse of handheld electronic devices.
Each day, the average American adult spends at least 26 minutes texting. Adults also use smartphones to surf the Web, chat with friends on social media sites, watch videos and play games. Aside from using smartphones for leisure time, many of us are tied to them for work-related matters such as emailing clients or tracking sales. We constantly remain connected through the digital world, and that takes a toll on our health.
If you’ve been struggling with persistent aches and pains or simply want to get your body back into balance, you may be considering chiropractic care. This noninvasive, hands-on approach to patient care emphasizes holistic diagnosis and treatment, meaning your chiropractor will use a whole-body approach to well-being even if you’re only looking to address a singular concern. Ideally, the result is greater mobility, faster healing, and an overall increase in functionality for the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Are you reading this on a smartphone or tablet? After you read this sentence, lift your head and look up for at least 10 seconds.
Seriously. Go do it.
A whopping 95 percent of U.S. adults own a cell phone, and 79 percent of adults age 18 to 44 carry their phones around nearly all day. People text during school, work, errands and appointments. It’s not uncommon for shoppers to bump into each other or block aisles because they’re busy on their phones.
“But my back doesn’t hurt!”
“You’ll make my pain worse.”
“I’ll get addicted to treatment and need it forever.”
“Nobody can help me. My condition is too severe.”
Are you like many people, with an aching back at the end of the day or worried about lifting an object due to your back going out? You are not alone, over 80% of the population will suffer back pain at one time or another in their life, according to CDC data.
Read this month’s issue of Health & Fitness – the newsletter about your health and caring for your body – for tips on how you can relieve your back pain by fixing your hips.
Chronic back pain can be a result of a number of different issues. Sports injuries can lead to spinal damage, overstraining during physical activity can tear or overstretch muscles, and general wear-and-tear can happen to anyone regardless of age.
At NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, we’re proud to serve the residents of New Jersey with effective treatments aimed at helping them live a life free from chronic pain. One such treatment is the spinal epidural injection, a common procedure that thousands of patients undergo daily to relieve pain and restore range of motion. We’ve provided spinal and joint injections to residents of Freehold, NJ, and back pain sufferers across the state. For us these procedures are routine, but for our patients they make a world of difference.
It starts out with a slight ache in your hand and the feeling of being stiff in the morning. You think nothing of it and carry on with your everyday routine. Over the next few weeks, the slight ache has turned into widespread tenderness and joint pain throughout your body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, loss of function, and swelling in the joints. This systematic disease can also affect your organs and cause bone thinning.
A cough. A sneeze. A deep breath. These actions are immensely painful to those who suffer from costovertebral joint pain. For these people, the common cold is an agonizing affair as every quick expansion of the lungs sends a shot of pain from the spine to the ribs. Even when not suffering from a cold, an inflamed costovertebral joint makes bending, twisting, or other movements of the spine feel like a red-hot poker sticking in the shoulder blade or the chest.