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Appl Ergon. 2017 Jan;58:208-214. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.06.012. Epub 2016 Jul 6.

Texting on mobile phones and musculoskeletal disorders in young adults: A five-year cohort study.

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1
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Box 414, SE-405 30, Göteborg, Sweden. Electronic address: ewa.gustafsson@amm.gu.se.
2
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Box 414, SE-405 30, Göteborg, Sweden. Electronic address: sara.thomee@amm.gu.se.
3
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Box 414, SE-405 30, Göteborg, Sweden. Electronic address: anna.ekman@gu.se.
4
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Box 414, SE-405 30, Göteborg, Sweden. Electronic address: mats.hagberg@amm.gu.se.

Abstract

The aim was to examine whether texting on a mobile phone is a risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders in the neck and upper extremities in a population of young adults. In a longitudinal population-based cohort study with Swedish young adults (aged 20-24 years) data were collected via a web-based questionnaire at baseline (n = 7092) and after one and five years. Cross-sectional associations were found between text messaging and reported ongoing symptoms in neck and upper extremities (odds ratios, ORs 1.3-2.0). Among symptom-free at baseline prospective associations were only found between text messaging and new cases of reported symptoms in the hand/fingers (OR 2.0) at one year follow up. Among those with symptoms at baseline prospective associations were found between text messaging and maintained pain in neck/upper back (OR 1.6). The results imply mostly short-term effects, and to a lesser extent, long-term effects on musculoskeletal disorders in neck and upper extremities.

KEYWORDS:

Neck pain; SMS; Upper extremities

PMID:
27633215
DOI:
10.1016/j.apergo.2016.06.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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