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Mobiles increasingly becoming a pain in the neck 2015.10.16
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MOBILE devices hurt the neck of young people, chiropractors said. They said more younger people are suffering from spinal problems due to their habit of solely focusing on mobile devices.

Hubert Ng Chung-hang (伍仲恒), honorary adviser of the Children Chiropractic Foundation (兒童脊科基金), said: “We have seen cases of teenagers showing spinal decay symptoms that usually only appear in people at the age of 40.”

Another adviser, Sophia Ng Mo-tack (吳慕德), said that among the younger patients she has received, most suffer from neck and muscle pain.

She said this is likely caused by the growing trend of ‘phubbing’, meaning snubbing others in favour of their phones.

She said frequent head tilting can exert pressure on the cervical vertebrae - the seven bones linking the head and shoulder.

This could lead to intensive pain, damage of the nerve system and numbness.

For younger children, long hours of tilting their head to do homework and the heaviness of school bags could cause spinal problems too.

One of her youngest patients she has seen is a sevenyear- old boy who suffered from spinal problems.

The boy had played two hours of computer games while lying on the sofa every day for three years.

The three most common spinal problems among kindergarten and primary students are hunchback, elevated shoulder and abnormal curvature of the spine. In one case, a nine-year-old girl’s spine was found to be curved in an Sshaped.

(The Standard, 12 October, 2015)


1. chiropractor (n)
    脊骨神經科Ŵ

2. tilt (v)
    歪向一邊

3. cervical vertebrae (n phr)
    頸椎

4. numbness (n)
    麻木



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  1. What has been identified as the main cause of spinal problems in children?
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    playing sports
    stress
    focusing on mobile devices

  2. Which symptom below is not related to spinal illness?
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    headache
    itchy hands
    back pain

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    staying in bed for three months
    taking pain killers
    spinal adjustments

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