From VOA learning English, this is the Health Report.
Ten-year old Owaish Batliwala, from Mumbai, India, admits he spends three to four hours each day playing games on his tablet computer. His mother Mehzabin says playing video games for hours has caused pain in his neck, hand, and back.
Sadia Vanjara is a physical therapist. She treats peoples’ painful injuries. She says the number of young children with continuing pain in their necks, arms and shoulders is on the rise.
Dr. Vanjara says the pain is from poor posture, or body position, while playing video games on their smart phones and gadgets. This is a problem in many parts of the world. But there are more smartphone users in India than anywhere else in the world, except China. One company estimates that the number of smartphone users in India will increase from 140 million today to 651 million by 2020.
Dr. Vanjara says the best treatment for the pain is daily stretching exercises. Correct posture can also help prevent pain. Dr. Vanjara teaches children how to hold their gadgets correctly. She tells a patient to hold the gadget in front of the face. She says that bending the head down to look at the device, hurts the neck and creates an unhealthy bend to the back.
Sadia Vanjara predicts we will also see psychological and emotional problems resulting from overuse of gadgets. Experts advise taking break from using a computer or other device often. Stand up. Stretch your legs, back, shoulders and arms. And when your work is done, unplug and exercise.