Posture & Neck Pain in Teens
This cross-sectional study investigated the relationship between home posture habits and neck pain in high school adolescents.
Students completed a comprehensive questionnaire (with illustrations) regarding their daily postural habits when watching TV, when on the computer, when playing video-games, etc.
Result #1: Surprisingly, half of the high school kids in this study reported of some degree of neck pain.
Result #2: Those who watched TV in bed in supine lying for 2 hours or more a day yielded an Odds Ratio (OR) of 6.21 for having neck pain. The OR represents the odds that an outcome will occur given a particular exposure, and the higher the number, the greater the association.
Result #3: Those who watched TV in a slouched sitting posture for >2hrs/day had an OR of 4.0 for having neck pain.
Result #4: Those who worked or played on the computer in a slouched sitting posture for >2hrs/day had an OR of 2.0 for having neck pain.
Result #5: Those who frequently changed their sitting posture while they watched TV or worked on the computer had an OR of 0.34 for having neck pain (meaning there was no association).
In a Nutshell: There appears to be an association between home posture habits and neck pain. The greatest risk factor for having neck pain seems to be wathing TV in bed and lowest risk factor is frequently changing posture.
…lack of movement is a risk factor for neck pain!
Reference: Meziat-Filho et al Association between home posture habits and neck pain in High School adolescents. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2016 Nov 11.