11 doctors weighed in:
Can texting mess up your spine?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe if prolonged
If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain.
Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen.

In brief: Maybe if prolonged
If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain.
Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great answer Dr Yoder.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: "text neck"
Chronic use of any device that requires looking down for extended periods might cause problems with the cervical spine in the neck and upper shoulders.
Taking breaks often and changing positions might help prevent long-term problems.

In brief: "text neck"
Chronic use of any device that requires looking down for extended periods might cause problems with the cervical spine in the neck and upper shoulders.
Taking breaks often and changing positions might help prevent long-term problems.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Saurabh Bajpai
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Unless you are sitting in a bent position or any other position that strains your back while you are texting, it is unlikely that it will mess up your spine.

In brief: No
Unless you are sitting in a bent position or any other position that strains your back while you are texting, it is unlikely that it will mess up your spine.
Saurabh Bajpai
Saurabh Bajpai
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