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Overuse of smartphones by teens can have a very bad impact on their spine

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It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor the amount of time teenagers spend on their smartphones and encourage them to take breaks and stretch regularly to prevent back pain. A recent study conducted by Brazilian researchers found that excessive use of smartphones for more than three hours a day has been found to cause back pain in teenagers. The findings of this study were reported in the scientific journal Healthcare.

The study examined the prevalence of thoracic spine pain (TSP) among high school students aged 14 to 18 years in Bauru, a medium-sized city located in the state of Sao Paulo. A total of 1,628 individuals participated in a baseline questionnaire and 1,393 completed a follow-up questionnaire in 2018.

The one-year prevalence of TSP was found to be 38.4%, with an incidence of 10.1%. Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, family history of a disease, and exposure to certain toxins or chemicals were identified. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider to assess and develop a plan for prevention and management.

TSP (Tension-type headache) is a prevalent condition that affects people of all ages worldwide. Its prevalence ranges from 15% to 35% in adults and 13% to 35% in children and adolescents. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in the use of electronic devices, which has further exacerbated the existing problem.

Research has shown that physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and mental health conditions can have a significant impact on the health of the spine. According to Alberto de Vitta, the first author of the article, the study can serve as a valuable resource for health education programs aimed at school students, teachers, staff, and parents.

It is crucial to have information on risk factors for TSP in high school students, as children and adolescents who suffer from back pain tend to be less physically active, have lower academic achievements, and experience more psychosocial problems. Only two prospective studies have been conducted to identify prognostic factors associated with TSP.

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