The future of post-operative pain management might not involve pills — it might not involve medication at all.
For the first time, hospitals are exploring an effective substitute that bears no risk of addiction: virtual reality.
Virtual reality start-up AppliedVR has partnered with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the first stage of what the former hopes to make a widespread implementation of VR as a medical tool in a series of other top hospitals and surgery centers. They already have three clinical studies underway at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. They’ve been working on the technology for about two years, and with Cedars-Sinai for 18 months.