Excessive smartphone usage leading to ‘text neck’

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ST. LOUIS – Are you addicted to your smartphone? Always sending texts, using apps and checking email?

Do you have pain between your shoulder blades and in your upper back and neck? If so, you might be suffering from "text neck." While not an official medical diagnosis, it broadly describes the pain that can occur when our heads and shoulders lean forward when checking our phones

It's becoming more common as we spend more time on our devices, and that's especially true in adolescents.

Dr. Jason Wibbenmeyer from Innovative Health Partners in Webster Groves treats patients with "text neck" by offering chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes, such using the full range of motion of our eyes instead of moving our head and limiting the amount of time we spend on our phones and tablets.