The Straits Times
Published on Sep 04, 2012

Hours bent over phone can be pain in the neck


NECK pain is a growing problem among tech-savvy Singaporeans who bend forward to use a smartphone or a tablet, or both.

Insurance agent Desmond Seah spends many hours in front of the computer and uses both his iPhone and iPad frequently.

As a result, the 39-year-old suffers from pain and stiffness in his neck, with the symptoms spreading to his hands.

With handheld devices growing in popularity here in the past five years, so has the number of tech-savvy patients, said Ms Goh Ming Rong, principal physiotherapist at Changi General Hospital (CGH).