Posture is the way your body is positioned when you sit or stand and poor posture can lead to back and neck pain. According to pain management experts in Brooklyn, NY, posture-related injuries tend to be overuse injuries that gradually build up and get worse over time, rather than sudden, acute injuries. Our current lifestyles could be responsible for most posture related problems and many types of pain.
Take the newly diagnosed “text-neck”, a common problem among young people. If you spend more than three hours every day texting on your smartphone, it’s likely that you will develop text neck – neck pain and injuries caused by spending too much time looking down at a wireless device. The fact is that looking down to text or check your phone at a 60 degree angle is equivalent of adding 60 lbs. or over four bowling balls worth of stress to the back of your neck! Symptoms of the condition include:
- Chronic upper back pain and/or severe upper back muscle spasms.
- Shoulder pain and stiffness.
- Pain that radiates down the arm and into the hand due to a cervical nerve injury.
Postural problems leading to back and neck pain, headaches, and shoulder and arm pain are also common among people who spend long hours working on a computer. Sitting in the same position for a long time reduces blood circulation and stresses the musculoskeletal system. The stress on the body is even greater when the workstation is not set up correctly. Extensive computer use can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful nerve disorder of the wrist and hand.
Poor walking posture can also cause sciatica pain which is felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock and into the lower leg. Poor walking patterns misalign the bones and lead to muscle misuse, damaging the sciatic nerve pathway.
Lack of regular exercise and sedentary activities – long hours of watching TV, driving longer distances, and constantly playing computer games – cause muscle imbalances and many postural problems. These include loss of flexibility, rotator cuff disease, and chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, back or hand.
If you have any of these musculoskeletal issues, you can get customized treatment at HealthQuest, a leading multispecialty healthcare center in Brooklyn, New York. Pain management doctors provide safe and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain combining the latest techniques with traditional modalities. After precisely diagnosing the condition, various therapies such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and rehabilitative, neurostimulatory, complementary and alternative medicine, are used to help patients get relief from pain and recover faster.