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Modern day causes of pain and dysfunction.

April 12, 2018 - [email protected]

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Each year the world is changing and with that our way of life changes too. In the modern age of technology there is something faster, better, smarter being made every day. Phones, tablets, computers are getting smaller, bigger, wider, thinner it can be hard to keep up. The only definite is, is that we have now accepted them into our daily routine.

In a huffington post article it states: Any sort of fine motor activity can lead to pain in the tendons or muscles, explains orthopedic surgeon Aaron Daluiski, M.D., chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. “There’s no specific diagnosis that arises from people using technology devices,” he tells HuffPost. “If you were to be shucking corn or rolling cigars or anything else, it would probably be the same.”

That may be the case but here’s a different view.

With the changing shapes and weights in technology we are forcing our limbs to adapt to use them, in turn straining muscles, tendons etc that we may not have previously engaged. “Texting thumb” is a phrase commonly thrown around for discomfort felt in the thumb, wrist and forearm. This discomfort is caused by RSI, repetitive strain injury, facebook, snapchat, email, twitter, instagram, whatsapp, messenger, all of these apps NEED to be checked and kept up to date hence causing RSI!!!

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In turn using the phone for the average 2-4 hours a day, can leave us with some horrible posture issues. The adult head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, so when you’re standing upright with perfect posture, that’s the amount of stress that’s on your spine. Tilting your head forward increases the amount of stress/weight on the spine. When you tilt just 15 degrees forward, that’s 27 pounds; at 30 degrees, it’s 40 pounds; at 45 degrees, it’s 49 pounds; and at 60 degrees, it’s 60 pounds. The stress on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments can cause dysfunction, pain and problems in later life.

To combat this try bring the phone in front of your face so that your posture will not be affected. It might not be as comfortable to start with but your body will thank you in 20 years.

 

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How common is the above image? Children sitting down using some form of games console, Ipad or tablet. Look again closely. Knees up, straining the hamstring muscles and also pulling posture out of balance. When the hamstrings are kept in this “stretched” position a number of things can happen:

  • An acute tear of the tendon is caused that doesn’t heal properly
  • Prolonged inflammation of the tendon known as tendinitis, which can trigger eventual degeneration known as tendinosis or chronic tendinopathy
  • Muscles tears causing discomfort and loss of range of motion
  • Lower back pain, buttock pain, knee pain, hip pain, piriformis syndrome, sciatic pain

In children this can often be misdiagnosed as growing pains and no treatment is received, leading to further complications in years to come. However it is not limited to children as adults also sit like this while using devices. In adults sciatica can often be diagnosed for pain felt here. Unfortunately it then becomes a never ending cycle as the patient does not adjust their sitting posture and they continue to cause the same dysfunction and experience the same symptoms over and over.

At a glance the the biggest problem here could be posture and RSI. Again we must look at the cause of our incorrect posture and how to tackle this. If we hold good posture 15/16 hours a day but then unknown to ourselves while using devices we cause changes and strains to our muscles and posture in our down time this needs to be addressed. Also we need to look at how, where and what way we sit. We also need to address how often we use the same hand and which fingers we use on certain devices.

Address these issues now and do not suffer later!!!!!

 

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