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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-76

Awareness about text neck syndrome amongst adolescents

1 Department of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Research Coordinator, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India
5 MS Orthopaedics, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Talwar
Sancheti Healthcare Academy, 11/12 Thube Park, Shivaji Nagar, Pune - 411 005, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/pjiap.pjiap_33_22

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BACKGROUND: Neck pain nowadays is the most prevalent symptom in adolescents due to increased frequency of smartphone usage in improper postures. Consequence of this can lead to complex set of symptoms such as neck pain, upper back pain, tingling numbness in upper limb, thumb pain which is commonly termed as "text neck syndrome" (TNS). AIMS: To determine the awareness, perception, and knowledge regarding preventive measures, health hazards, and causes of TNS in adolescents. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: An observational cross-sectional study; subjects were recruited from Pune city during the months of December to March 2022. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Examination of 302 adolescents was done using the convenience sampling method. A prevalidated self-made questionnaire for data collection using was administered on online platform. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Descriptive statistical method. RESULTS: 86.4% population use their smartphone for >1 h/day. 67.2% have heard, 32.8% have never heard about TNS. 47.70% population is aware about all the mentioned causes. 20.50% population is aware about holding smartphones at eye level. Preference of only 11.60% of adolescents is fingers for texting on smartphones 67.2% who have heard about TNS, 58.30% are aware about preventive measures. CONCLUSIONS: The awareness, knowledge, and perception regarding causes, health hazards of TNS is good. There is a lack of knowledge about preventive measures; hence, the practice of the same is poor. There is a need to create the awareness regarding text neck in adolescents in terms of preventive measures.

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