Advertisements

Virtual Reality Is Being Used To Decrease Pain In Hospital Patients

Virtual reality is able to significantly reduce pain levels by “hijacking” the senses of hospital patients, without the need for drugs, according to new research.

The team in Los Angeles took one hundred patients from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, all of whom reported pain levels above a score of three on the numeric pain scale.

They gave half of them access to VR, which consisted of ‘calming’ video content of helicopter rides over Iceland or swimming with whales (although that does sound a little stressful if you ask us).

While the other 50% just watched a two-dimensional nature video.

Those patients who had virtual reality therapy claimed to have experienced a 24% drop in their pain levels after using the virtual reality goggles. While the video patients only reported a 13.2% drop.

Brennan Spiegel, Director Of Health Services Research, said: “Results indicate virtual reality may be an effective tool along with traditional pain management protocols, This gives doctors and patients more options than medication alone.”

By Sophie Gallagher | The Huffington Post (UK)

Image Credit: Humonia (Getty Images)

READ MORE

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Materialise Medical Blog

behind the scenes of 3D printing

CB Insights - Blog

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

My Knee Your Knee

Knee Replacement Surgery on a Knee Replacement Surgeon

TEDMED Blog

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

KevinMD.com

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

Page Array – Rock Health

Discovering, compiling and sharing orthopedic and medical technology news on a daily basis.

mobihealthnews

mobihealthnews - the daily mHealth industry monitor. Subscribe for our free weekly e-newsletter!

TechCrunch

Startup and Technology News

Sports Medicine Weekly

Brought to You by Dr. Brian Cole & Steve Kashul

OrthoBuzz

Keeping you up-to-date with orthopaedic news

%d bloggers like this: