AARP Blog - Dr. Samuel Cho: "Got Neck Pain? Blame Your Smartphone"

 – November 15, 2013  –– 

The result of all continual downward gazing at smartphones is a growing number of people complaining about neck and back pain - or "text neck," as the condition was dubbed by a Florida chiropractor. Slouching in a chair or on the couch reading an iPad is causing similar aches and pains, say doctors. Samuel Cho, MD, an Assistant Professor of Spinal Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said aching necks are "due to prolonged flexion of the cervical spine," meaning those vertebrae at the back of the neck near the skull. Learn more