Wii-itis: Injuries from the Wii

June 8, 2010 3:11:36 PM PDT
Wii video games have gotten millions of people off the couch and onto their feet. Being active while playing can be good for your health, but doctors are now seeing certain types of injuries from overuse. They're calling it wii-itis.

Noel Blair has wii-it is from pulling a muscle in her buttock while bowling. It is an overuse injury.

Sports medicine doctor, Jennifer Roth has treated several wii-itis sufferers. Dr. John Sperling, orthopedic surgeon, has also treated sufferers.

It's not just Wiis that cause injuries. Other gaming systems can put you at risk. It's important to heed the warnings and not overdo playing.

Because the games are virtual, there is nothing to slow the movement. As a result, users are prone to overextension and overuse in their shoulders, elbows, wrists, and buttocks, which can cause inflammation and pain.

Blair loves the fact that the Wii keeps her moving, so she still throwing strikes, but is more careful now.

If you overdo it, talk to your health care provider about the injury. Treatment options may include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy.

LINK: www.mayoclinic.org