Should I seek help for my neck strain?
I am a 27 year old male. About half a year ago, I had some strains at the back of my neck whenever I am standing up or sitting down while using the hand phone. I did some Google to find the possible cause and realised that what I am experiencing is called a text neck. Meaning to say that it is a posture problem where I will tilt my head down while using the phone. After a long period of maintaining that posture while using the phone, it caused me to feel the strain at the back of the neck. Recently I have noticed that the bones at the back of my neck felt loose. Whenever I massage my neck with my thumb pressing down the back of my neck with a continuous left and right motion, I can hear very loud cracking and grinding sound from the back of my neck. I don't feel any pain while doing this but I am concerned if there is anything wrong with my neck.
Thank you very much for your questions. You are very right that most of the neck problems in your age group is likely due to bad posture (humans are not designed to stare at laptops/ handphones for prolonged period of time).
However, if you feel that the symptoms are worsening and not resolving over 6 months, I do suggest you get a proper check up by a doctor or Orthopaedic surgeon.
We will do a MRI scan to ensure that you don't suffer from anything more sinister such as a slipped disc in the neck. We can also advise you about proper postures and proper exercises that you could do to improve your symptoms.
Hope it clarifies some of your doubts.
Dr. Henry Chan