Monday, April 7, 2008

Have you prescribed the Nintendo Wii?

Many people are finding health benefits by playing with the Nintendo Wii. People are losing weight, the elderly are maintaining coordination and balance, and everyone's having fun.

However, patients are also developing signs and symptoms of overuse. These sports injuries are being documented in the literature. Already, the "Wii Knee" has been described. Clinicians are talking about "Wii Shoulder" and other "Acute Wiitis." Forget diagnosing tennis elbow or rotator cuff injuries. Soon you'll be giving steroid injections to teenagers and nursing home residents who are spending too much time on the Wii.


  1. Dr. Kim,
    I am an Internist with a large nursing home practice. One of my facilities has included a Wii in its budget. My old folks can bowl again!!