With children getting hooked to gadgets such as iPads and smart phones at a very young age, a new study has found that children as young as eight years old are experiencing physical symptoms, such as severe back pain and headaches, of overindulging in such devices.
The iGeneration kids now are not only suffering from neck and back pains but also from tendinopathy in wrists and thumbs.
The worst affected are children between the age group of 12-16 who are experiencing back injuries typically seen in people over 30, Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre director Andrew Wynd said.
According to news.com.au, Wynd said the reason is the incorrect posture of children who sit for long hours curled up on a couch or in bed with a laptop or other device that leads to problems in neck and middle-back.
Osteopath, Dr Paul O'Keefe, has given treatment and medication to some nine-year-old kids for 'tech neck', an affliction caused by 'holding the head in the same position continuously for hours', the reports added.
However, Dr Martin Mamo, of Macedon Ranges Osteopathy, in Sunbury, has advised parents to encourage their children to sit in proper posture, as they are getting over dependent on technology.