This just in from the Strange But True Health Cases file: A study published in this week’s JAMA Internal Medicine journal reveals a man was hospitalized for a tendon injury he suffered while obsessively playing the “Candy Crush” video game.
The unidentified 29-year-old Virginia man went to the hospital with chronic pain in his left thumb after playing Candy Crush Saga every day for six to eight weeks. Doctors determined he had a ruptured a tendon and needed surgery to fix it.
Andrew Doan, M.D. — with the departments of ophthalmology and mental health at the Naval Medical Center San Diego — said the case highlights the previously unknown (and perhaps unimaginable) risk for repetitive stress injuries among video gamers who play such games for hours on end.
“The potential for video games to reduce pain perception raises clinical and social considerations about excessive use, abuse, and addiction,” he wrote. “Future research should consider whether pain reduction is a reason some individuals play video games excessively, manifest addiction, or sustain injuries associated with video gaming.”
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