Cellphones blamed for rise in 'text neck' injuries among teenagers

Teenagers are suffering injuries once reserved for long-time office workers, and the ever-present cellphone has been fingered as the main culprit. Osteopaths and physiotherapists have reported an increase in posture-related back and neck injuries across the board in New Zealand, but particularly among high school students. They are blaming the ubiquitous access to smartphones, tablets and laptops, which leave teens hunched for hours on their beds or couches, putting enormous strain on the body. "As soon as they walk in the door, you can see it. They are all slouchers," Wellington physiotherapist Catherine Millar said. So-called "text neck" gained prominence globally in 2013, with several stu

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