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Back Pain

26 July 2019

Poor posture due to smartphone use leads to 'horn bone' growth in skull

Researchers have found that looking down at your smartphone could lead to a 'horn bone' growing at the base of the skull.

Many may have heard of the term "text neck" – possibly a muscle and tendon pain you experience from looking down at your smartphone for lengthy periods of time.

But did you know you could grow a "horn bone" at the base of your skull?

Researchers conducted a study on over 1 000 participants and found an alarming number of people have grown a horn bone. To rule out any possibility that it may have been a genetic trait or inflammation, blood tests and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans were conducted as well.

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