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.

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.

Warning bell on spinal curvature
Ti Gong

Doctors give rehabilitation on a girl with curved spine.

Warning bell on spinal curvature
Ti Gong
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