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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-98

A study on the relationship between median nerve mobility and cervical core muscle endurance among asymptomatic young adults using smartphone

Physiotherapy Department, PT School and Center, TNMC and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Danielle Malcolm Dsouza
B504, Sarla Garden, Nehru Road, Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai 400 055, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_10_20

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Background and Objectives: The posture adopted when using a smartphone is a major cause for concern. The objective of the study was to find the correlation of neural tissue mobility of the median nerve and cervical core muscle endurance with smartphone use in asymptomatic young adults. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in a tertiary care hospital. A total of 75 asymptomatic young adults were assessed for the frequency and intensity of smartphone use, cervical core muscle endurance, and neural tissue mobility of the median nerve. Statistical Analysis Used: Spearman correlation test was used in this study. Results: The study showed a significant correlation of median nerve mobility with the Problematic Mobile Phone Use (PUMP) Scale score (P = 0.00, r[dominant], r[nondominant] =0.588) and the duration of smartphone use. In terms of number of years, r (dominant) =0.516, r (nondominant) = 0.413. In terms of number of hours/day, r (dominant) = 0.776, r (nondominant) = 0.597. Furthermore, a significant correlation of cervical core muscle endurance with the PUMP Scale score [P = 0.00, r = −0.730] and duration of smartphone use exists. In terms of number of years, P = 0.00, r = −0.534. In terms of number of hours, P = 0.00, r = −0.791. Conclusion: The neural tissue mobility of the median nerve is hampered with increased smartphone use in terms of duration of use. Furthermore, the cervical core endurance is less in individuals who use their smartphone for longer durations and in those who are more addicted.

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