Virtual Reality May Ease Chronic Pain

VR for pain is still in its infancy and questions remain, including concerns about habituation and cost, Lamington observed.”An important advancement would be the portability of VR for widespread use in private practice, and eventually in homes, where patients can use it for chronic pain, physical therapy, and long-term rehab,” he noted. Now, we can read many work about the use of VR in pain control. In this article you will find a presentation of…

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Belgian scaleup Oncomfort raises €10 million to further develop its “Digital Sedation” through virtual reality

With this new fund raising, Oncomfort will expand possibilities of “Digital Sedation” product. The company wants also to be more present on the US market. You can note that one of the investors is the swiss Debiopharm, a biopharmaceutical group of companies active in drug development. Oncomfort plans to use the €10 million of this Series A funding round to further develop its solution and accelerate its international expansion across the European and American markets. The investment…

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Virtual Reality Reduces Pain in Laboring Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial

From March 2018 to February 2019, 40 subjects were enrolled, randomized, and completed the study; 19 were randomized to control and 21 to the VR arm. Most baseline characteristics were similar between groups. For the primary outcome, those assigned to the control arm had a statistically significant increase in pain of +0.58, while the VR arm had a significant reduction in pain of -0.52 (p = 0.03). There was also a difference in the proportion…

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SoCal Patients Use Imagination To Control Pain With VR

In 2018, Cedar-Sinai Health Systems in Los Angeles conducted a study involving 120 subjects. “VR significantly reduces pain versus an active control condition in hospitalized patients,” the study found. “VR is most effective for severe pain.” On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst pain, pain can be reduced by five points through the use of VR experiences, Louis said. With such significant reductions in pain, there is less need to use opioids…

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Managing pain through distraction

A research team from the University of Malta uses VR to help people to “forget” pain by distraction. Alexiei Dingli, a professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, and his team are developing an application named Morpheus, which will help reduce pain in patients without the use of medication. The app will be downloadable on smartphones and will work in tandem with a VR (virtual reality) set and a smartwatch to distract the user from…

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Virtual reality reduces leg muscle pain during high intensity cycling

A team of the University of Georgia shown that VR has a real impact on the feeling of pain in a intense exercise. It could be very useful for professional sportspeople and several cases of re-education. “This is one of the first studies to demonstrate the ability of VR to reduce pain when engaging in highly intensive exercising that is known to induce significant pain,” said study co-author Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, associate professor of…

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Virtual Reality In Health and Well-being on Guernsey

On the island of Guernsey, patient will test VR soon to fight chronic pains and phobias. VR is a simulated experience that can be similar to, or completely different from the real world.  It was first applied in pain management as a distraction tool for burns patients that were having difficult procedures that were traumatic for them. A virtual reality experience was created which made the patients seem as if they were in a ‘snow world.’ From doing this they…

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New Study: VR Changes Mood Before Blood Donations

In this article, a study about the impact of VR use on 33 blood donors at the American Red Cross is presented. With only a simple software and a 4 minutes experience with a Oculus Go, authors showed a clear decrease of “needle fear”. The impact on negative feeling is even more impressive on younger people. This study demonstrated that an inexpensive and brief VR intervention can have a significant positive impact on mood just…

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Augmented Reality Perceives Real-Time Pain of Patients

CLARAi (clinical augmented reality and artificial intelligence) is a experimental tool developed by the University of Michigan to measure and to show “pain level” as objectively as possible. It uses Microsoft HoloLens AR glasses to help physicians to visualize pain “on the head” of patient! Another great advantage of CLARAi is to possibility to transport it easily. It allows to use it almost everywhere. Red and blue dots were used to denote location and level…

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Randomized, Crossover Study of Immersive Virtual Reality to Decrease Opioid Use During Painful Wound Care Procedures in Adults

This study was made on a sample of adult patients with painful wounds from deep or partial burns. Authors used an VR world called SnowWorld (developed at the University of Washington HITLab) to reduce pain perception. They showed that 39% less opioids were administered when IVR therapy used compared with wound procedures when IVR was not used. IVR during painful wound care procedures significantly reduced the amount of opioid medication administered during the procedure compared…

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VR Offers Patients a Virtual Distraction from Pain

In this short article, you can discover the use of VR for pain control at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. This experiment shows that VR help to reduce pain and anxiety for children, and reduce the need of opioids. It’s interesting to see that hardware for this action are relatively cheap.  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in New York, for instance, has recently run a pilot that equips patients with Samsung Gear Oculus VR headsets that feature…

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Virtual Reality Can Help Women Get Through Childbirth With Less Pain

In this article Dr. Anderson explains how VR can help mothers to deliver child with less painkillers. Even if it is not a solution for everyone and it should be used with other methods, it permits decrease drugs needs.   He said that although he already helped more than forty mothers deliver their kids with VR, Martucci’s case was the most successful. She had the VR device on for the longest time, and she could go…

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