Video Games and Pain

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Children who play video games for an hour or more per day have a higher chance of having wrist and finger pain. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on video games and pain in the 60 Second Housecall.

Video games could be causing finger and wrist pain in your child.

A new study found that 12 percent of young players have finger pain severe enough to limit their gaming time. Ten percent report that wrist pain curtails their playing time.

The long-term health consequences arent known. But there is a growing body of evidence linking PDAs, cell phones and other electronic gadgets to repetitive stress injuries.

The study looked at 171 elementary school students. More than 80 percent reported playing with game consoles. Half said they played less than one hour a day, a third reported playing one to two hours daily, 7 percent reported playing two to three hours per day, and 6 percent reported over three hours of play a day.

The longer they played each day, the more likely the children were to experience finger or wrist pain.

Limit your childs gaming to an hour or less a day and make sure they take frequent breaks to avoid repetitive stress.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.