Nintendo Wii Hospitalzing At Least 10 Per Week
Was watching Fox News and had to get this up before someone else. Can you believe video games are injuring so many folks? Ay yi yi.
The growing toll has prompted NHS doctors to warn of the dangers.
Wii-itis sufferers usually have excruciating pain in the right shoulder or knee.
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A rheumatology consultant said: “Most are admitted after playing the tennis and running games which involve sudden movements and violent tendon stretching.”
Dr Dev Mukerjee, of Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, said: “There has been a 100 per cent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis.
“I’ve seen many patients aged between eight and 13 — and I’ve seen adults.
“It’s possible that Wii-itus may lead to rheumatism and arthritis in later life. Patients often have inflammation of the shoulder or wrist.”
Others have a ligament injury dubbed Wii-knee which some have blamed on the popular Wii-Fit game.
Dr Mukerjee said: “People who are double-jointed are most likely to suffer from Wii-knee — and in extreme cases the knee cap can be dislocated or can even pop out.”
Treatment includes cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory painkillers. Recovery takes up to three months.
Docs advise stretching exercises before play.