Posted on August 15, 2007,

Back Pain – The Latest in Video Game Related Maladies

back-pain.jpgThey make us fat, violent, anti-social, and also contribute toward arthritis. And now, they’re a cause of back pain.

Some experts in the field of physiotherapy have named video games as a potential source of back-related problems. It all has to due with the hours and hours of sitting in the same place.

“This seems on the cards considering the associated health problems of obesity, reduced levels of activity, and the popularity of passive entertainment systems such as PlayStations that encourage further inactivity and prolonged sitting posture in the adolescent age group,” Duncan Reid, New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association spokesman, said in a recent article.

What triggered this concern was an increasing number of lower back pain in teenagers. Back problems are apparently common in those who do too little and those who do too much, and obviously gamers fall into the former category.

The moral of the story is, as always, when you’re playing video games for hours on end, stop and do something else for a while every now and then. It will help you live longer.


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5 Comments on Back Pain – The Latest in Video Game Related Maladies

Lady Holdem

On August 15, 2007 at 3:40 am

That makes sense really, not just the sitting still, but when you play video games you tend to lean into the game.. for hours!


On August 15, 2007 at 6:59 am

It’s been a long time since I played a game for hours on end. I think the longest I play games now is 2-3 hours just because I don’t have the time anymore to dedicate more of my free time to them. So I guess keeping busy has helped me dodge another one of life’s bullets :mrgreen:

Makes sence

On August 15, 2007 at 7:12 am

It does make sence, i used to have back pains and my friend had it in his neck after being addicted to maplestory :wink: but it’s over now since i use a 15 minutes break every 90 minutes :grin:


On August 15, 2007 at 7:46 am

yup, i conquer, my back starts hurting after a few rounds of resistance online, but my chair sucks, maybe a better chair would help with back pain?

Video Game Survey Guy

On August 15, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I like being fat, violent, anti-social and having lower back pain. :o (