0944 GMT July 20, 2019
Excessive use of social networking sites in mobile phones has led to a significant increase in the prevalence of neck and shoulder disorders among people in the recent years, said the scientific secretary of Physiotherapy Congress of Iranian Physiotherapy Association (IPTA).
Iraj Abdullahi told Iran Daily that previous studies showed about 80 percent of people experienced low back pain during their lifetime while the figure for neck disorders was 30 percent.
“But the recent change made in people’s lifestyle and frequent use of social media in mobile phones and tablets helped increase the figure for patients with neck disorders to 70 percent”, he noted.
He said the use of the mobile phones and tablets with the neck in a bent position increases stress on your cervical spine significantly.
Abdullahi said during the first stages, it may only lead to muscle tension in your neck but if no change is made in the position of your body while using the devices, it would turn to neck arthritis which may not respond to ordinary treatment and require surgery.
He referred to low back, neck and knee pains as the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders among people, adding some disorders, including joint arthritis, occur with aging.
Abdullahi noted that the knee joint is the most important joints in the human body which develops arthritis caused by heavy stress on the knees and improper body posture.
Abdullahi said women are more prone to knee injuries than men, noting 70 to 80 percent of people experience knee arthritis during their lifetime.
“Those who live a healthy lifestyle suffer the disorder after the age of 70”, he added.
The physician pointed out that arthritis in the knees usually appears in mild form after the age of 60 but those who put extreme pressure on their knee during their young age may be diagnosed with the disorder before the age of 50.
“The adoption of a suitable body position is the first strategy which should be taken to prevent joint disorders”, he said, pointing out that the proper use of tools and equipment in the workplace is another issue which should be taken into consideration seriously.
He said those sitting at a desk for too long should make a conscious effort to stand up, walk and exercise every 20 minutes, noting standards should also be observed in the height of office desks and chairs.
He said stroke is the main cause of disabilities in the society, adding spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) are also among the other disorders leading to disabilities.
Abdullahi said nearly 400 people experience a stroke in Iran every year, a major number of whom are left with mobility problems and need rehabilitation services.
He said the first three to four months after the stroke is the golden time for physical rehabilitation of patients.
Abdullahi said the Third International and 30th Annual Physiotherapy Congress of Iranian Physiotherapy Association will be held in Tehran from June 12-14.
He added various issues including sport physiotherapy, hand therapy, low back and spinal cord pains will be discussed during the confab.
He said lecturers from Iran, Germany, Pakistan, Syria and Lebanon will address the congress.