VR treatment for chronic pain gets FDA authorization

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a virtual reality system as a prescription treatment for chronic back pain, the agency announced today. The therapy, called EaseVRx, joins the short list of digital therapeutics cleared by the agency over the past few years. EaseVRx includes a VR headset and a device that amplifies the sound of … Read more

Playing a virtual reality game during medical procedures can reduce pain and anxiety in children

Jeffrey Gold, PhD, a professor of clinical anesthesiology, pediatrics, psychiatry & behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and an investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has been investigating the use of virtual reality (VR) for nearly two decades as a technique to help children undergoing painful … Read more

Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

After about seven runs through the simulation, Mr. Merkle started uncovering fragments of memory his mind had blacked out, which is a common response to trauma. He remembered the name of the soldier who had been next to him in a truck during combat. He remembered the clear feeling that he was going to die. … Read more

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 more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more