Knee jerk re­ac­tion to danc­ing the floss

Sunday Mail (UK) - - John Niven -

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.”

MOVER Red­knapp

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