In today’s fast-paced digital world, tech neck has become a prevalent issue affecting millions of people worldwide. As an interventional pain management doctor, Dr. Hunter is increasingly treating patients with this condition. In this article, we will discuss what tech neck is, common tech neck symptoms, available treatment options, and how to prevent it.
What is Tech Neck?
Tech neck, also known as text neck or forward head posture, occurs when individuals spend excessive time hunched over electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This repetitive posture puts immense strain on the neck, shoulders, and upper back, leading to pain, discomfort, and long-term health problems.
Tech Neck Symptoms
Some common tech neck symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Upper back pain
- Shoulder tension and discomfort
- Headaches and migraines
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Poor posture and rounded shoulders
- Weakened neck and upper back muscles
Dr. Hunter emphasizes that depending on the patient’s symptoms, effective treatment for tech neck often requires a multipronged approach. Some effective tech neck treatments include:
- Rest, physical therapy, and massage: Muscular strain associated with tech neck typically responds well to rest, guided physical therapy, and massage.
- Trigger Point Injections: Dr. Hunter can perform Trigger Point Injections to help alleviate severe muscle pain and tightness associated with tech neck.
- Medial branch nerve blocks/rhizotomies: For irritated joints, doctors may recommend medial branch nerve blocks/rhizotomies to alleviate the pain.
- Epidural steroid injections: For irritated discs and spinal nerves (which can cause pain radiating into the arms and hands), doctors may recommend an epidural steroid injection to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Ergonomic adjustments: Ensure your workspace is set up correctly to minimize strain on your neck and upper back.
To prevent tech neck, consider implementing the following strategies:
- Frequent breaks: Take regular breaks from your devices to stretch, move around, and change your posture.
- Adjust screen height: Position your screen at eye level to avoid looking down for extended periods.
- Maintain good posture: Sit up straight and avoid slouching while using electronic devices.
- Strengthen neck and back muscles: Perform exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles supporting your neck and upper back.
- Practice mindfulness: Be aware of your posture and make a conscious effort to correct it when you notice yourself hunching over.
Tech neck is a growing concern in our digital age. However, proactive measures like regular breaks, maintaining proper posture, and performing exercises to strengthen your neck and upper back muscles can minimize its impact on your health. If you’re experiencing tech neck symptoms, seek professional advice from a leading specialist like Dr. Corey Hunter for appropriate treatment options.
The Ainsworth Institute is Here to Help
The doctors at the Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management specialize in the managing and treating Tech Neck. Dramatic improvements in pain and quality of life are a single phone call away. Schedule an appointment today with one of our board certified pain management experts to discuss what options for treatment may best suit your needs.