Q. I get electric shock like sensation in neck due to prolonged use of tab. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Prathish Kumar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 30, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a 16-year-old male. For the past few months, I have been getting sudden electric shocks (a little bit more than calm) in my neck when I move it. These are not at all frequent. I get them once in a while. I am not that fit and I use my tab (for studies) while sleeping a bit relaxing almost 4-5 hours a day. Please help.

Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to icliniq.com.

As you described, using the tab for 4-5 hours a day will make your neck bent forward to see the tab continuously for long hours. That might be the reason for your neck pain.

As all elders advice, sit straight, keep your books or tab at an elevated location while reading so that you need not bend your neck much. And do some exercises for your neck daily while sitting free. Move your head up and down, sideways, and slow rotatory movements clockwise and anti-clockwise.

Probable diagnosis:

Neck sprain.

Treatment plan:

Neck exercises as advised.

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