Warm up before you Wii, warn doctors

23 December 2008

Last night I proved to the world, or at least the cat, that I was the greatest sportsman that never was, as I smashed the baseball clean out the stadium. With all my bases loaded, I cruised to a grand slam. Magnificent.

This morning though, my right knee felt like it'd been fed through a mincer. The Nintendo Wii, then - virtual fun but capable of causing real aches and pains, not only according to my right knee, but The Sun as well, so you know it's true.

According to the daily bastion of truth, ten people a week in Britain are hospitalised from playing Wii games, which is causing concern with doctors. Wii-itis - yes, it's got a lazy name already, folks - causes sufferers "excruciating pain in the right shoulder or knee".

Dr Dev Mukerjee, of Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford 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.”

Hmm. Treatment includes cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory painkillers and according to the paper, recovery takes up to three months. As if that'll wash with the HR department.

[The Sun]

TOPICS:   Games

1 comment

  • Anna
    It can make you really sore!! I've been doing some of the exercises, the yoga, the muscle workouts etc. And it leaves me pretty sore the next day... it's a "good" sore though... means I'm getting fitter! I think!! Although, the injury sustained from drunken hula hooping couldn't be considered a "good" kind of sore... :p

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