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Vive Revista de Salud

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ZUNIGA, Danna Belén Leones; FONSECA, Juan José Moscoso; SIERRA NIETO, Víctor Hugo  y  CAICEDO, Sheyla Elizabeth Villacrés. Use of mobile devices and cervical disorders in university students. Vive Rev. Salud [online]. 2023, vol.6, n.18, pp.748-757.  Epub 25-Sep-2023. ISSN 2664-3243.

Cervical disorders are a multifactorial problem affecting modern society. Vicious postures, trauma and congenital defects related to the cervical spine can develop instability, radicular impingement, cervicoarthrosis and cervicalgia. Objective. To relate the use of mobile devices with cervical disorders in university students. Materials and methods. Descriptive, observational study carried out between May and July 2023, with a sample of 172 university students obtained by applying the formula for the sample calculation of known populations, by means of non-probabilistic sampling. The goniometric test was used to measure joint range, the postural test to identify postural alterations, the palpation technique to identify non-specific pain, resistance test for flexor (NFMET) and extensor (NEET) muscles, and finally, the Spurling test was performed to identify cases of radiculopathy. Results. Although the statistical relationships were not consistent, it was observed that those who used cell phones longer (87.0%) showed more cervical limitations than less frequent users (73.5%). Joint mobility was limited in 84.3% of the population, especially in men (93.5%); normal muscular endurance in extension was more prevalent in men (84.9%), while impaired endurance in flexion was more prevalent in women (94.9%). Conclusions. According to the results obtained in this investigation, there was not enough evidence to determine a statistically significant relationship (P˃0.05) between cervical alterations and cell phone use, although a greater limitation was observed in the case of those who used the mobile device the longest.

Palabras clave : Neck; Device, Mobile; Neck Pain; Muscle Weakness; Range of Motion, Articular.

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