Text neck is a new term used to describe neck pain caused by damage sustained from looking down at smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other smart devices, frequently and for long periods of time. It is a common condition among those who constantly engaged in activities on their smartphones or other electronic devices. Constantly holding the neck in a flexed position can exacerbate existing disc problems and arthritis in the neck. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat all different types of neck pain including those resulting in text neck. In this post we give you an overview of text neck.




One of the common symptoms of text neck is neck pain and soreness. Other symptoms include:

  • Upper back and neck muscle spasms, when using a smart device
  • Shoulder pain and tightness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and hands
  • Irregular or constant headaches, which get worse when looking down

Text neck may also lead to several chronic problems due to the early inception of arthritis in the neck.

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As they say, ‘prevention is key’, it is advisable to take precautionary measures before it is late. Try to hold your smartphone at eye level, whether texting or browsing. Same goes for laptops and PCs. Place their screens at the eye level, so that you don’t have to bend your head forward or look down to view it. Use ergonomic furniture in the office to avoid back pain including text neck. Take frequent breaks from your smart devices and office PCs.

The Bottom Line

As the world is witnessing an incessant use of smartphones and computers, it is advisable to take precautionary measures to prevent any health related disorders, such as text neck. Avoid looking down in your smartphones for extended period of time. Maintain the right posture when using a computer, laptop or watching TV. Also, make sure you include neck stretches, exercises, and practice proper posture for the prevention of neck pain. If the pain is unbearable, it is advisable to consult a qualified spine physician. Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center in Plano can help you find the right spine physician in your area. Should you wish to learn more about our healthcare services or discuss your health related problem, feel free to call Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center in Plano, Texas at (888) 608-4762 and schedule an appointment with one of our participating physicians.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.

References: Spine-health.com