The Cincinnati Enquirer - Cliff Peal, Monday, December 24, 2007:
Barry Brewer has done rehab before, sitting in bed in his Hamilton home with a pillow under his leg, lifting it toward the ceiling.
But after having his right hip replaced last Monday in an operation at Mercy Fairfield Hospital, Brewer started another kind of rehab: Tennis and bowling.
Using the popular Wii video-game system from Nintendo, Brewer worked on balance and flexibility and had a little fun at the same time.
Just as children have discovered the Wii and made it difficult to find on store shelves, hospitals have started using it in their search for ways to spice up dreary rehab sessions. The program uses a motion-sensing technology that allows the user to simulate a real bowler or tennis player playing against the computer.
Rehab specialists and hospital administrators say as America's population ages and more patients need rehab to recover from strokes or joint replacements, the use of video games will become more and more popular.