Warning bell on spinal curvature
Doctors are warning parents that teenagers could suffer from curved spines as a result of improper gesture and prolonged mobile phone use.
Up to 10 percent of teenagers between 12 and 15 years old have curved spines, a local medical experts said at a seminar.
“It can impact growth, deform the body and even impact heart and lung functions,” said Dr Chen Jianbin, director of the Shanghai Carespine Rehabilitation Center.
“Those with a light condition can undergo rehabilitation and other therapies, while those with a serious curve must receive surgery."
Curved spine can be diagnosed if the curve is more than 10 degrees by X-ray.
Doctors said many parents aren't aware of the dangers of spinal curvature.
“We suggest children between 12 and 15 years old receive spine checks every year,” Chen added.