Mobile phone users, there are now smartphone-related syndromes.
Handheld devices and mobile phones have become an integral part of our daily lives. They are not only the most efficient and practical means of communicating, but they are also our best friend. They are often used as useful gadgets, such as an alarm clock, calculator or a handy Internet browser. There are many applications that offer almost unlimited possibilities.
Your mobile phone can control your home’s lights, play your favorite music and even follow your body while you sleep. Your smart life is now in your phone’s hands. Although all of these features seem amazing and very useful, there is a hidden cost. This hidden cost is not just the cost of your device and data connection. It is the hidden cost you have to pay for the mobile that invades your daily life.
What if we said that mobile pain syndrome is real and you can suffer from it? Don’t you believe us?
Dr. Sidharth Verma is a Hospital Masina pain and spine specialist who has provided us with an insight into common mobile phone syndromes and their consequences.
He stated that although the symptoms of mobile pain syndromes might seem distinct, they are connected and occur systematically as soon the mobile phone relationship is broken. On average, people spend three hours per day using mobile phones or handheld devices.
The neck muscles and bones are put under pressure by repetitive use of handheld devices. Numerous studies have shown that stress levels can increase by five to tenfold when you look down at your smartphone or tablet.
This lifestyle disease is a result of combining the long-lasting effects with a few hits during the bus or car journey. The symptoms include neck pain, stiffness in the morning, and inability to focus on the screen for long periods of time. In severe cases, you may experience headaches, dizziness, upper back pain, and pain in the arms or upper back. Low back pain can also be caused by muscle imbalances, according to Dr. Sidharth.
A recent study found that text neck syndrome-related posture changes are linked to heart disease. Mild symptoms can usually be managed with rest and avoiding bending the neck forward. “Exercise can help,” has been added.
Unresolved pain should be addressed immediately by a pain specialist. These pain syndromes can now be treated minimally with advanced image-guided techniques.
You can also look down only with your eyes (keep your head at eye level), or lift your phone up to your eye level.
This one is very popular and has many names such as BlackBerry thumb, SMS thumb or gamer thumb. The thumb’s movements are affected by inflammation of the tendons.
You can make your symptoms worse if you do the same thing for a long time. Mild symptoms can be treated by rest, anti-inflammatory medication (taken orally or around the affected area), and cold compression. Dr. Verma said that severe symptoms may not respond to these measures and may require more advanced treatment options such as current pulsed radiofrequency (CPR) or ultrasound-guided plasma rich plasma (PRP).
The most commonly affected area is the elbows, which are next to the wrist, neck and thumb. Cubital tunnel syndrome is also known as burning, tingling and numbness on the elbow and arm.
Verma also highlighted other symptoms, such as weakness and inability to do simple tasks like opening bottles caps. It is important to seek treatment as it can cause permanent finger weakness. There are many options for treatment, including lifestyle modifications and interventional pain procedures. However, early treatment is always more effective.
This syndrome is second after neck pain. It occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist. It causes tingling, numbness and weakness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers.
You are more likely to develop this if you use a computer keyboard. These symptoms can be severe and should be treated immediately.
It is important to remember these things when you are treating it. The treatment options include physical measures like exercise, habit modification, heat/cold, and ultrasound-guided median nerve stimulation. Dr. Verma says that a pain physician can diagnose the condition and create a recovery plan.
Mobile phones can also cause repetitive strain injuries, as well as the previously mentioned.
Mobile phone use can disrupt sleep patterns and cause cognitive dysfunctions. These devices can cause emotional symptoms like low self-esteem, lack of motivation, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. There are serious consequences to mobile games. Gaming addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a mental disorder.
Dr. Verma gave a great example by saying:
Young people are sensitive to how many likes, shares, and retweets they receive. This can impact their ability to build lasting and meaningful relationships. Limiting mobile usage and engaging in physical activity in the real world can reduce these effects.
Constantly staring at the screen on a mobile device can lead to dry eyes and decreased tear production. We tend to forget how to blink when we are looking at content on our mobile phones. This can cause strain to the eyes and increase the risk of infection. These wearable devices emit a blue light that can cause macular degeneration early in life and blindness. Staring at the screen can cause blurred vision and eyestrain.
Although they can all be avoided, they can become very difficult to treat. You can increase the size of your text, decrease the brightness, blink often, and use artificial tears (to dryness) to reduce their intensity. Dr. Verma says that if symptoms persist, it is possible to see an ophthalmologist.
Tight thigh syndrome is a condition where your chances of getting ill from tight thighs are greatly increased by putting your phone in your pants pocket. This condition, also known as meralgia paresthetica is most common in obese people who wear tight clothes. This is because items are often placed in the front pockets, increasing the risk.
The symptoms include tingling, numbness, burning sensations on the outer thighs, and nausea. The treatment options include lifestyle modification, radiofrequency modulation and ultrasound-guided cryotherapy.
Dr. Verma says that surgery is unnecessary for these conditions. Your pain physician can provide non-surgical options. These treatment options can be minimally invasive, highly effective, and provide excellent results. The symptoms can reappear if the posture and pattern of use are not changed.
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