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article imageDoctors fear a rise in 'Wii injuries'

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 20, 2008 in Health
British researchers have issued a warning that playing Nintendo Wii for long periods of time is bad for your health. They say it causes a variety of injuries including the most common type of injury: “Wii knee."
British doctors are seeing a rise in patients suffering from injuries after playing Wii, the popular game console from Nintendo. It causes them to have sprains, fractures and backaches.
One group has even coined the term “Wii knee” for a specific injury caused by playing the console for long periods of time. The Osteopaths at the Leeds Teaching Hospital saw an increase in the number of patients suffering from back aches and blamed it on the patients' long video game sprees with their kids.
Another group, The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH), has also seen an increase in the number of hand injuries caused by excessive Wii usage. Doctors expect there will be even more patients after Christmas.
Wii has been selling well this year, especially in the U.S.; Nintendo sold two million units in November alone.
Richard Milner of the BSSH, and a consultant plastic and hand surgeon, told The Telegraph:
"We treated a patient this week who had injured herself using a Wii. She was playing tennis with a partner and fractured one of the bones in her finger when he hit the back of her hand with the control."
Dr Andrew Coley, a pediatrician at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, suffered an injury after playing Wii, so he advises caution to Wii users:
"This patient had got a Wii for Christmas, hadn't exercised in a while and overdid it. I hurt myself by trying to get an Ace on my serve in the tennis game."
Do you have similar injuries after playing Wii?
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