Repetitive motions can cause many conditions in adults, but can also cause overuse syndromes in children, too. Common symptoms of pediatric overuse are shoulder pain, hip, pain, knee pain, and ankle pain. Because of the everyday use of technology, a condition called “Tech Neck” has emerged. This is caused by looking down at our phones and tablets for prolonged periods of time while unaware of our posture presentation. This condition can cause dramatic health effects to your body.
When we look down, we flex the neck anteriorly, causing the amount of pressure on the cervical (neck) spine to multiply. The neck supports the head while protecting the integrity of the spinal cord. With optimal posture presentation, the cervical spine maintains an anterior lordotic curve to support the weight of the head, which on average weighs about 10 pounds. As the neck flexes forward, the cervical spine is diminished and the weight of the head dramatically increases. This cause tight muscles and conditions such as headaches, neck pain, and even shoulder pain.
Tech neck can be prevented with proper posture and alignment of spine. Chiropractic is very safe and effective in children with this condition. Have your child checked at Orthopedic Surgery San Diego.
By Dr. Jason Kart D.C.