Knee jerk reaction to dancing the floss
The craze for dancing the floss is becoming a real pain – as it gets the blame for soaring numbers of knee problems.
Scores of people have hurt themselves copying the jerk y back- and- for th movements of the move from hit video game Fortnite.
Medics are warning of a sharp increase in cases of “floss knee”, linking it to the shoot-em-up fantasy played by125 million fans around the globe.
Fortnite characters do the f loss, which involves swinging the arms and swaying from side to side, after killing opponents.
The craze has swept play grounds while celebrities, sports stars and politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn have tried it.
Football manager Harry Redknapp even had a go at it in the jungle camp on TV’s I’m a Celebrity.
Ed Thompson, a knee specialist at Instant Physio in London, has seen a spike in the number of kids and adults complaining about pain on the inside of their knees.
Ed said: “Flossing involves a very lateral movement from left to right, but the knee is made to move in a hinge motion.
“This movement isn’t normal, so can cause pain.
“When people come into my practice complaining with pains in the inner knee, they believe it’s because of dancing.
“When I press them on the dance moves they use, it tends to be flossing.”