90% of Americans Hold Cell Phones Incorrectly, Leading to Neck and Spine Issues

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Did you know looking completely down on your cell phone is like putting a 60 pound weight around your neck? Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine has put together the following computer model below:

Ask The Doctor recently conducted and monitored a large group of individuals of various ages ranges across the United States and found over 90% of them were holding their cell and smart phones incorrectly which could lead to long term neck and spinal damage.

The average person in the United States spends approximately 2-4 hours looking at their phone per day. As you can imagine having 60 pounds of force on your neck and spine in this improper position isn’t good for your health.

The proper posture for holding your cell/smart phone is by making sure your shoulder blades are back and that your ears are aligned with your shoulders. By having this proper posture, you are lowering stress on your body and decreasing cortisol levels. As you may know cortisol levels play a large role in weight gain.

Many physicians across the country are starting to see an increase in patients coming in with neck and spine issues as increased cell phone use with poor posture has lead to early wear and tear. Some patients are now even requiring surgery.

Anytime when using your phone, our physicians recommend that you:

1. hold your phone straight in front of you
2. Keep your neck at 0 degrees
3. Keep your shoulder blades back
4. Keep your ears and shoulders aligned

If you have anymore questions about having safe cell phone posture, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of Physicians and….. Ask The Doctor !

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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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