Addiction to smart devices can lead to spine and neck problems, along with carpal tunnel syndrome – Niosh


National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye is warning parents to supervise their children’s smartphone habits.

He said addiction to smartphone can lead to people, especially children, to develop neck and spine problems. In some cases, it can even lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

He cited a pilot study conducted recently by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) which revealed that children who used smart devices in an unhealthy angle could add 27 kg weight on their neck.

Lee advised parents to supervise their children’s smartphone use to avoid future health complications.

"There are teenagers who have to undergo therapy because of carpal tunnel syndrome due to the excessive use of electronic devices."

"Nowadays, children as young as three are already addicted to smart devices," he said.

Lee said the Niosh Ergonomic Centre of Excellence in Johor Bahru would carry out a more in-depth study on the ergonomic aspect of the impact of the smart device addiction.