New study suggests how your cell phone could cause you physical pain

Yolanda Curtis
December 8, 2019

Cuts and scrapes were the most common complaint, but about 18% of patients suffered internal organ injury.

Paskhover and colleagues suggested their results suggest a need for patient education about injury prevention and the dangers of other activities while using these devices.

Researchers analyzed a national database of 2,501 patients who went to the emergency room for cellphone injuries and found that teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 29 were most likely to report cellphone-related injuries occurring because they were distracted.

Numerous injuries were caused by falls when people were looking at their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings - like texting while walking, for example, Paskhover said. "Although the disposition of most cases is simple, some injuries bear a risk of long-term complications".


Cell phone exercise also has been linked with repetitive stress injuries in the hands and neck, and injuries to other system of the body triggered by distracted exercise. They found injuries to be infrequent until 2007 - when Apple introduced the first iPhone - but then rose dramatically.

Previously, studies have concluded that even using a smartphone can be damaging to your neck and spine.

The number of mobile phone-related head and neck injuries is on the rise, according to a new study. However Paskhover mentioned many had been attributable to distracted use together with texting whereas strolling, tripping and touchdown face-down on the sidewalk. Children under 13 were most likely to be injured by the phone itself, due to the size and weight of smartphones these days.

The only way to prevent these injuries is to not keep your nose glued to your phone or your ears blocked by headphones, but to pay attention to the world around you, Paskhover said.


Nationwide, they estimated there have been about 76,000 individuals injured throughout that point. Among these injuries is dominated by lacerations and contusions to the head and face.

The largest percentage of injuries occurred at home.

The lack of information regarding patient comorbidities, treatment, and outcome was a major limitation of the study.

Jama conducted a cross-sectional study of 2,501 reported injuries between 1998 and 2017. "We really don't have a good understanding of what happened to [them]", he told MedPage Today.


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