In this digital age, the excessive use of gadgets such as computers and mobile phones has given rise to serious health issues among youngsters. Experts are now raising alarms over the effects on eyes, brains, and particularly the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Dhananjay Parab, an Orthopedic Surgeon, points out that extended usage of gadgets causes wrist pain and numbness. The habit of constantly looking down at mobile screens strains the neck, leading to spinal problems.
Reports indicate that 10 million people in India suffer from cervical spondylosis each year, with 75% of those over 50 experiencing spinal canal issues. Worryingly, these problems are increasingly being observed among the young population.
Additionally, the misuse of technology is linked to finger, hand, back, and neck pain due to poor posture. Dr. Utkarsh Pawar warns that untreated pain can lead to osteoarthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone.
What can be done? Regular exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle are crucial. Stretching exercises, cold compresses, and, in some cases, corticosteroid injections can reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
As parents, it is important to encourage children to take regular breaks, engage in physical activities, and adopt proper postures while using gadgets. The emphasis should be on moderation and balance between screen time and physical activity to protect the younger generation from the adverse effects of technology.