Also known in the UK as ‘Text Neck’, ‘Cell Phone Neck’ is a contemporary condition that is seen in avid smartphone users.
While accidents at work usually involve issues such as slips, trips and falls or manual handling injuries, occupational ailments caused by mobile phones and hand-held devices are on the rise in the UK.
What is Text Neck and why is it a problem?
As we are now expected to be contactable around the clock, our jobs often demand that we reply to calls, texts, emails and diary requests in an almost instantaneous manner, causing more of us to become dependent on smartphone technology and other hand-held devices.
This leads to us hunching over small screens in an unnatural position. Keeping the head titled forwards is holding up to 12lb away from the body, leading to pressure in the head, neck and shoulder area.
The condition is known as Text Neck, or Cell Phone Neck, and is on the rise as a work-related injury in the UK.
Tim Hutchful, of the British Chiropractic Association, stated that professionals are seeing a rising number of instances where patients overusing mobiles was causing them neck and shoulder pain.
‘Our muscles are designed to flex and retract. If you stay in a fixed posture for too long like peering over a phone you are putting those muscles under stress.’
Forcing the body to remain in this unnatural position not only causes pain but can lead to migraines and eventually problems with arthritis.
Who is to blame for my occupational injury?
Whether at work or in our free time, accidents do happen that cannot be pre-empted or avoided. That being said, when you are at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that you do not suffer harm and your health and safety is accounted for.
When you sustain an injury or an illness at work, if you believe it is at the fault of your employer, they may have failed in their legal obligation to protect your well-being and may therefore be liable for your occupational injury or illness.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice