Effects of Smartphones on Body Posture

Admittedly, I don’t have a smart phone. At least not one that can browse the web, access a satellite for GPS or utilize powerful medical apps. Come October my current plan is expiring and I am planning on getting either an IPhone or a Droid.

Some of you are probably reading this on your phones right now – I feel so old fashioned. I’m also a bit afraid of such a new acquisition. I remember the day when I got a GPS for my car. It was the day I forgot where I lived. Not literally, but metaphorically. Anyway, with new possibilities come new dependencies. And also bad posture?

According to some articles, neck and shoulders are at particular risk to become hunched from strained, hunched, overuse. And that’s not even considering my already strained eyes looking at a even smaller screen to read my emails.

Ever hear of Tenosynovitis? It’s the inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath (called the synovium) that surrounds a tendon. Symptoms of tenosynovitis include pain, swelling and difficulty moving the particular joint where the inflammation occurs. In medical school we also call it “text message syndrome” because it has happened from texting too much. Here’s a graphic picture of an opened phalange; note the flexor digitorum profundus and flexor digitorum superficialis tendons that reside within the sheath:

Anyway, happy texting everyone!