British doctors have issued a stark warning of a new affliction called "iPod finger".

Like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), iPod finger is a modern-made ailment likely to afflict persistent playlist explorers, warns the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

"iPod finger is an injury that affects the finger of music-mad consumers who are constantly using the scroll-wheel or buttons on their music players to organise their song library, update playlists and adjust volume of their favourite artists," the BCA warns.

The BCA draws attention to US reports of hapless music fans who have lost the use of their thumbs, and the chiropracters warn the condition could soon break out in the UK.

iPod users are earnestly advised that: "The best way to avoid injury is to flex your hand muscles as this will keep the blood flowing and will break up the repetition. Varying the finger that you use to operate your iPod will also prevent injury."