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TEXT NECK? What You Need To Know …

May 21, 2018

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Those who experience pervasive, uncomfortable symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and numbness and tingling in the arms and hands might be surprised to learn that smartphone use could be the culprit. “Text neck” is caused by poor posture while using handheld devices. The average head weighs about 10 pounds, which puts substantial weight on a neck bent at 60 degrees to read a smartphone screen. While this condition is an epidemic, it’s also preventable. Untreated, this may cause damage to the neck or spine. Here’s what smartphone users need to know about avoiding text neck.

Adjust Posture

The correct way to look at a phone to avoid straining your neck is to hold it at eye level. Your head should be held upright with ears directly above your shoulders. While on a phone call or streaming media, using headphones can help encourage better posture.

Switch to the Desktop

Save long articles to read later at the monitor, where positioning makes users less likely to compromise posture. Instead of checking and replying to emails on the phone, set aside time every day to do so at the desk rather than bending your neck uncomfortably.

Take a Break

It’s called text neck for a reason. Rather than relying on texting alone, reduce symptoms by picking up the phone and calling the recipient for more lengthy conversations. While taking a break, stretch your neck and shoulder muscles to provide relief. Set an alarm on the phone to encourage hourly breaks.

Use Voice Dictation

Take advantage of this smartphone function to dictate messages while holding your head upright. This will help reduce the amount of time spent looking at the screen.

If you’re struggling with symptoms of text neck you may want to consult with one of our physicians at 360-ORTHOPEDICS. We offer diagnosis and non-invasive treatment of issues that affect the musculoskeletal system. We offer same-day appointments when needed at our three convenient locations.  The mission of SOA is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

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This entry was posted in on May 21, 2018 by sarasotaAdmin.

TENNIS ELBOW? IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!

May 1, 2018

elbow-pain

Many people will come to our Sarasota Orthopedic Associates sports clinic with complaints of pain on either side of their elbow which has been present for months and is aggravated by gripping things or shaking hands. While often referred to as Golfer’s or Tennis elbow, this painful tendon condition usually occurs not from playing golf or tennis, but from repeatedly gripping or lifting objects improperly. Unfortunately, the condition can become severe enough where the tendons on either side of the elbow will become swollen, degenerated, and possibly torn causing persistent pain.

Despite being referred to as lateral or medial epicondylitis by the medical community, this condition is known not to be an inflammatory condition.  Because of this, typical anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen or Naprosyn often will not help. While steroid  or “cortisone” injections can be tried and may give temporary relief, studies have shown that the condition often returns weeks to months later causing further delay in healing.

The good news is that this condition can be treated non-surgically. Medical studies have revealed that a dedicated specific exercise program that concentrates on eccentric (lengthen) strengthening of the elbow and wrist tendons often will successfully cure the problem. Even when rehabilitation fails, other procedures less invasive than having surgery can often be performed which can significantly improve pain in 90% of the cases.

So whether you are struggling with chronic elbow pain from playing doubles tennis or from lifting luggage at the airport, the physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates can evaluate your elbow problem, correctly diagnose the cause of the pain, and suggest a specific treatment regimen which will get you back on the road to recovery.

Paul Lento, MD is Fellowship Trained and Triple Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a distinguished Sports Physician having served as team physician for major sporting events such as the Winter Olympics and major city marathons. Locally, Dr Lento is Team Physician at Lakewood Ranch and Booker High Schools. He is also a Castle Connolly Top Doc, a national recognition of the best physicians in healthcare. Dr. Lento sees patients at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, voted the #1 choice for Orthopedic Care in Sarasota and Manatee .

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This entry was posted in on May 1, 2018 by sarasotaAdmin.