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Do You Have Tech Neck?

Do You Have Tech Neck?

Recently labelled an epidemic, Tech Neck is the new name given to neck pain, strain and misalignment caused by long hours of looking down at your phone, tablet or other device.

Tech Neck affects people of all ages, but more young people are being treated for neck pain than ever before.

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Research conducted by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj of New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation found that as the head tilts forward, it increases the force on the spine by 10 pounds.  This means that your head actually feels heavier to your spine which has to work harder and becomes fatigued faster.

The flexion of the head is also coupled with bent elbows and both shoulders rolled forward.  This posture causes tightness of all of the muscles in the front of the neck and shoulders and overstretching of the muscles in the back of the neck and upper back which can lead to instability and pain over time.

Analytics firms estimate that the average smartphone user spends five hours each day on their phone, which usually means that they are in this posture for most of this time.

The good news is that it’s not too late to create good habits and decrease your likelihood of having neck pain.  Here are a few simple things you can do today:

  • Keep your ears in line with your shoulders. Even when you are looking at a computer at eye level or driving, most people’s heads tend to gradually go too far forward.  Try to consciously correct this periodically.
  • Hold your device up to eye level. Avoid looking down at your phone or tablet and either lower your chair or raise your computer screen so that you are not looking down at your screen.
  • Practice engaging your posterior back muscles and stretching the anterior neck muscles. Roll your shoulders back and push your shoulder blades together as much as possible.  This can be done several times each day.  You could also practice doing wall angels, a simple dynamic stretching exercise.
  • If you can’t remember to take breaks to correct your posture, you can set alarms on your device to alert you at least once or twice every hour.

Avoid Tech Neck at Work

Most people would benefit from using their electronics a little less, but even if that is not a possibility, a few simple steps can prevent chronic pain and improper curvatures in the spine.

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.