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Wii games help fracture patients regain movement

A hospital has turned to Nintendo Wii games consoles as a way of helping patients regain movement in their arms.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been using Nintendo Wii games consoles in its occupational therapy department.

The console allows patients to play sports games such as bowling and tennis, using a range of different arm movements.

Senior occupational therapist Claire Flavell said the equipment was being used to treat patients whose hand function has been reduced because of fractures or other injuries.

Ms Flavell said: ‘It is particularly good for people who need to improve the movement in their wrist, elbow and shoulder, the bowling game is particularly popular.’

Traditional rehabilitation equipment is also in used, but Ms Flavell added: ‘The Wii is being used more and more within rehabilitation settings with very good results.’

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