The researchers write, 'We acknowledge factors such as genetic predisposition and inflammation influence enthesophyte growth. We think we'll put the smartphone down and, you know, maybe take a walk outside.
When people tilt their heads forward to look at a small screen, weight shifts from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head. And a deeper study into the matter is likely to keep surprising us with astonishing results.
The bone spurs themselves aren't a threat, but rather a "portent of something nasty going on elsewhere, a sign that the head and neck are not in the proper configuration", study co-author Mark Sayers, an associate professor of biomechanics, told the Post.
The researchers looked at over 21,000 records of knees spanning 150 years from over 27 countries. Two Australian researchers say they have found enlargements, or bone spurs in that region, anywhere from one-third of an inch to more than an inch long. The more looking down, and spending time on your smartphone, the more faster the growth of the hone. A new study has found that incessant phone checkers are sprouting "horn like spikes", or "bone spurs" from the back of their skulls due to the amount of time they spend with their head titled forward, while they stare down at their phone.
"The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion", The Washington Post reported.
It sounds like a insane tabloid headline-humans are growing little horns in the back of their skulls.
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Professors at University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, have seen an increasing number in young people with the bony growths at the bottom of their skulls.
To be exact, this indicates a shift in the posture of the body in young people.
Technology hasn't just changed humans psychologically, but according to a new study, our smartphones are also changing us physiologically as well. What is more interesting is that the actual study was released previous year but it is getting fresh attention now. It's throwing the body out of whack, resulting in the formation of what's been variously described in coverage as bone spurs, phone bones, a bird's beak, and head horns.
According to Shahar, the findings present an early warning of the risk of bone and joint damage arising from bad posture and highlight the need for preventive intervention related to device-based posture problems.
Even the paper's authors aren't terribly concerned by the "horns" themselves, though they may be associated with head, neck and back pain.