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Published On: Thu, Oct 4th, 2018

‘Mobile phones, bad posture increase neck, back pains’

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Prolonged use of mobile phones and bad posture at work places are responsible for the increase in neck and back pains among young adults in Nigeria, a physiotherapist, Mr Vincent Soetan, has said.

Soetan, a consultant at Vedic Lifecare Hospital, Lagos, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.

According to the Brand Executive, Physiocraft Allied Health Services, a medical outlet that cares patients with physical conditions, neck and back pains are becoming very common in the young working class.

He said: “Cervical spondylosis, generally called neck pain is actually prevalent, especially among the work force in corporate bodies such as bankers, teachers, nurses and health professionals.

“I see more people with spinal problems, especially among the working class.

“For every 10 referrals that visit the hospital, about five of them will have musculoskeletal disorders and if you probe further, it is related to work and lifestyle.

“Most times, the condition is due to very bad postures, even drivers experience a lot of neck pain. It is also very common because of the increased use of mobile phones and laptops; the posture we adopt while operating these gadgets is what affects the neck. Most times, people bend their necks so much for long hours while operating these gadgets. This, in the long run leads to neck pain over time that can also lead to other problems later in life.”

According to him, the challenges facing the condition include reduced productivity at work places and people visiting quacks and getting wrong treatment due to lack of awareness.

The physiotherapist said: “Most people are not aware of what to do and so they receive very wrong treatment for the condition. What people do most times is to massage and use some mentholated ointment on the neck and they think it solves the problem. The problem only persists and causes further damage which can lead to other problematic conditions,” he said.

The physiotherapist stressed the need to improve people’s knowledge on this from secondary to tertiary institutions.

“Postural correction should be taught in schools; children should be taught how to lift things and maintain an upright posture at an early age. We need to begin to include it in health education, because neck pain is a non-communicable disease and one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

 

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