Carilion Clinic: Got "Wiiitis"? A Carilion Occupational Therapist Says Wii Addicts Should Pay Attention to the Pain!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Got "Wiiitis"? A Carilion Occupational Therapist Says Wii Addicts Should Pay Attention to the Pain!


Do you find yourself playing your Nintendo Wii into the wee hours of the night? Do you wake up with a twinge in your shoulder or elbow? You may be suffering from "Wiiitis" (whee-EYE-tus). A description of Wiiitis was actually published in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine last year.

The article states "The available games for the Wii system already include golf, boxing, baseball, and bowling. Future games could involve different and unexpected groups of muscles. Physicians should be aware that there may be multiple, possibly puzzling presentations of Wiiitis."

WDBJ-TV's Natasha Ryan recently visited the Carilion Clinic Rehabilitation facility at the Roanoke Athletic Club to talk to Occupational Therapist Tracy Shumate.
Click below to hear Tracy explain why Natasha's shoulder hurts after playing Wii tennis.


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For more advice on dealing with Wiiitis and preventing a long-term, nagging injury, click below to watch Natasha's story on WDBJ.

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