Ok, now where's the CPT Code for a Wii....will Medicare and the insurers give some thought to covering the Wii for rehab and physical therapy? BD
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Franklin Perry used to spend hours performing video game feats with his thumbs but lately he has been using the Nintendo Wii, and the rest of his body, to regain his strength after suffering a stroke.
The 51-year-old, who had a stroke about three weeks ago, has been working hard to rebuild the muscles in his immobilized right side at Ohio State University Medical Center's Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbus.
Winget played with the Wii at a friend's house and was convinced that it could help patients build balance, coordination, endurance and upper and lower body strength."I thought it was cool that you used your body to control the movement," said Winget, who added that Nintendo (7974.OS) has not provided the hospital with the video game console.
The hospital has been using the Wii for about four months to help people recovering from strokes and spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, according to Winget.
Patients also use the Web-connected console to find information on its news or weather channels to improve brain function.