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Exergames show promise for improving musculoskeletal pain
A recent review examined the effects of exergame-based interventions on musculoskeletal pain. Exergames are video games that encourage or guide physical activity using devices such as the Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Kinect. Four of the seven articles reviewed reported significant reduction in pain in half of the studies reviewed included older adults. Exergames have previously been shown to improve motivation, function, and balance but further research is necessary to determine their effect on pain outcomes.
Balance impairments in individuals with chronic low back pain
A recent review examined the static standing balance of people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) compared to healthy controls. Impaired balance can lead to greater fall risk and potential for injury. While most of the reviewed studies were on younger samples, most found that individuals with CLBP had worse overall performance compared to healthy individuals, which suggests that treatment of CLBP should involve balance training to improve safety.