QUEENSLAND, Australia — Young people are developing horn-like bone growths in the back of their skulls thanks to all that device time, according to researchers in Australia.
Among the hundreds of 18-to-30-year-old subjects whose X-rays were studied, almost half had developed the bone spurs on the back of their heads.
According to the study, the horns at the back of the skull were spotted in 41% of the young adults studied.
These kinds of bony lumps are more typically seen in older individuals who have begun to hunch over after a lifetime of poor posture, according to news.com.au.
Instead, researchers say posture associated with gadget use and extended phone time is causing the growths in much younger people.
“It’s just abnormal stress put on the body after years and years,” explained Phaeleau Cunneen, a physical therapist and director of hand therapy at Spear Physical Therapy in Midtown.
According to him, these types of growths usually happen over time with old age but the trend in young people should keep parents on their toes.
“It definitely shows a need for parents to be more aware of proper posture and kids especially with them - they have heavy backpacks to deal with as it is.”
Physical therapists like Cunneen have seen an uptick when it comes to tech-related disorders like “tech neck” and a form of carpal tunnel that some doctors have dubbed “blackberry thumb.
So what’s the easy fix?
“Proper ergonomics, upright posture, being in an upright position when you’re on the computer and the phone,” Cunneen told PIX11.
If that’s just too much for you to handle, an even quicker fix – just toss out the phone.
The study was published in 2018, but is getting more attention after a larger BBC story on the ways the human skeleton has changed thanks to modern technology.
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