Texting

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

All the time young people spend hunched over their cell phones texting may have some painful consequences. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the relationship between texting and shoulder and neck pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Too much text messaging may increase the risk of neck or shoulder pain.

A study by Temple University researchers found that the more the college students who were researched texted, the more shoulder and neck pain they reported.

While most young people prefer texting rather than talking on the phone or e-mailing, there is a possibility that the younger generation is at an increased risk for overuse injuries.

The study looked at 138 college students to see if correlations exist between the number of text messages sent per day and pain in the upper body. They used body maps for the students to indicate areas of discomfort. The students were asked how many text messages they sent per day.

The researchers say they found an association, only in male participants, between shoulder discomfort and the number of messages punched out.

More research is needed to confirm the results and to find out why texting causes pain in the neck and shoulder rather than the wrists and arms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.