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Does Using Mobile Devices Cause Back Pain?

According to a survey conducted by the U.K. health provider SimplyHealth, 84% of 18 to 24 year olds report feeling back pain in the past year. The culprit? “iPosture,” or the posture of slouching your back while you look at a smartphone or tablet, either while sitting or standing.

The study also found that people in that age group lost 1.5 days of work due to back pain, compared to older adults.

Doctor Brian Hammond, of the U.K. health organization BackCare says, “It is likely that slumping and hunching over computers and hand-held devices is a contributory factor in the different types of back pain reported by different generations.” He goes on to say, “Younger people are far more likely to be hunched over a device on a sofa, and would benefit from paying close attention to the basics of good posture.”

The solution, besides putting your electronic devices down–which we can all probably agree isn’t likely to happen any time soon–is to focus on maintaining good posture, exercise regularly, watch your weight, and avoid stress. Come to think of it, those are smart ideas for anyone, regardless of their level of back pain.

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