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Using the Nintendo WiiTM to Improve Recovery and Compliance in Hand Therapy

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Trial Status

Open for Enrollment
Phase 1

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to see if patients recover faster from certain finger, hand, and arm injuries when using a Nintendo WiiTM gaming system under the supervision of a certified hand therapist than patients who participate in therapy without the WiiTM. We also want to learn if using the Nintendo WiiTM encourages patients to return to therapy more often and changes their overall satisfaction with their therapy.

Who is eligible to participate?

Hand therapy patients ages 6 and above who have an upper extremity injury that affects only one area of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, forearm and elbow, or hypersensitivity and/or stiffness in any area), can safely participate in WiiTM play while sitting or standing, and are willing to return for follow-up care.

What is involved?

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and be evaluated using a pain scale assessment. The hand therapist will take standard measurements and range of motion, pinch, and grip strength assessments. Participants will also use the Nintendo WiiTM gaming system as a part of their prescribed occupational/hand therapy; therapy sessions will range from 5-30 minutes per session.

How long is the study?

The study may take up to 20 weeks, with 2-3 therapy sessions per week, or until the hand therapist and surgeon determine that you no longer need therapy for the injury to your finger(s)/thumb/hand/arm.

Who can I contact for additional information?

Please contact Jennifer Koechle, MPH, at (217) 545-7014 or email

Who is the Principal Investigator of this study?

Michael W. Neumeister, MD

Where is the trial located?

Springfield, Illinois