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Could Too Much Screen Time be Harming Your Child’s Posture?

Posted on January 17th, 2019 by mattd

In today’s technologically-driven world, people spend countless hours using mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, and laptop computers. This is especially true of children. Unfortunately, however, continued use of these devices could potentially precipitate health issues like posture problems.

Mobile Device Impact Upon Posture

When young people use mobile devices, they often do so in awkward positions such as lying on their stomachs or slouched over. Remaining in such positions for extended durations can have significant adverse consequences on the neck, back, and spine. Some doctors opine that many young people do not sit or walk straight and that excessive use of mobile devices exacerbates an already bad situation.

Potential Orthopaedic Risks Associated With Excessive Screen Time

Excessive mobile device usage can contribute to several physical ailments that might impact young people either as they progress into adolescence or during adulthood.

specific problems include:

*Strains and possibly damage to joints, ligaments, and tendons, which might precipitate serious pain and mobility difficulties

*Headaches

*Bone spurs

*Herniated and degenerative disc problems in the back and spine

Additionally, bad posture may also precipitate other health issues like poor circulation, digestive problems, and respiratory deficiencies.

Steps Parents Can Take To Limit Mobile Device Usage

As the establishment and maintenance of good posture is crucial to physical and biological health, parents might need to limit mobile device usage in their children. This may be accomplished by:

Only Allowing Phones To Be Used At Certain Times

Prohibiting phone use during meals and requiring mobile devices be turned off prior to bedtime might prove effective in limiting a child’s usage.

Encourage Children To Participate In Activities

Encourage them to partake in activities such as sports or identifying a hobby that can occupy their free time.

At Orthopaedic Specialty Group, we offer a wide variety of treatments to help our patients deal with conditions such as chronic back pain, strained ligaments, chronic pain, bones spurs, and more. Contact us today to schedule your appointment (203) 337-2600!