Health Watch: More Doctors Seeing Injuries Due To High-Tech Gadgets

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In our 24/7 world, many of us have become obsessed with our high tech devices, but when we don’t use them correctly or just plain overdo it, we may get some aches and pains.

During a recent trip, Pat Newby started to experience nagging neck pain. The culprit: her e-reader.

Doctors say they’re seeing more cases of things like tablet neck, smart phone finger and mouse tendonitis.

For Pat, the cure was getting her body back into proper alignment — starting with sitting up straight.

Dr. Sharon Bergquist works at the Emory School of Medicine in Georgia.

“You want the top of your screen to be roughly at or just below eye level. You want your shoulders relaxed, elbows close to your body,” Bergquist said. “You want your hips, knees and ankles at 90-degree angles and you want your feet flat on the floor.”

Doctors say taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury.

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