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Wisconsin recognizes “occupational exposure” claims. If a worker’s job duties were a material contributory causative factor in the onset or progression of a disabling condition, a worker’s compensation claim exists. For many workers, a smartphone is necessary for their jobs and provided by an employer. This work-related phone usage could result in compensable worker’s compensation claims. For more information, click: http://www.domerlaw.com/Types-of-Injuries/Repetitive-Lifting-Injuries-Occupational-Exposure.shtml
Three years ago, Jennifer Stricker struggled with constant neck ache. It got so bad that she sought relief from a chiropractor. But despite the adjustments and stretching exercises, the tightness in her neck came back.
Then, one day, she had a revelation: She noticed the more time she spent hunched over her smartphone, the more her neck hurt.
“I’m on my phone constantly, Pinteresting or looking at blogs,” said Stricker, of Maple Grove. “I love information, so I’m always on it.”
But that love of mobile devices — smartphones, tablets and e-readers — is creating a painful, nagging condition that some chiropractors and physical therapists call “tech neck.”
Marked by a stiff neck, knots in the shoulders and headaches, the malady arises when the head is pushed forward away from the body’s center. The unnatural posture strains muscles in the neck and chest area. Left unchecked, this constant scrunching of the upper body increases the risk of pinched nerves, bone spurs and degenerative disk disease, doctors say. It could even lead to a Quasimodo-like profile much earlier in life.
With nearly 60 percent of American adults now owning smartphones, according to a recent Pew Research Center report, the potential for technology posture-related injuries is growing.
The proper posture, Mellum said, is to keep the head upright, looking straight ahead. With our handheld devices, we tend to round our shoulders and lean…