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Virtual reality shows promising results for pain management

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  • Dr. Spiegel’s research has shown this type of virtual reality therapy can reduce pain by about 24 percent, on average, compared to control medications and other pain-reduction strategies only go so far,” he said.
  • For example, we have been able to show that virtual reality reduces pain over and above opioids.
  • In a controlled trial, we’ve shown that if you have two groups getting equal amounts of opioids, the group receiving virtual reality has greater pain reduction than the group just getting opioids.”
  • While this is promising, Dr. Spiegel said, studies have not yet proven virtual reality can reduce opioid dependence, though a couple of studies are underway to specifically answer that question.
  • “Can we introduce virtual reality systematically to supplement non-opioid pain management to get patients through difficult patches without having to use opioids?”

With an ongoing opioid epidemic spreading across the United States, clinicians are increasingly looking for alternative pain management strategies. Virtual reality therapy has gained the attention of clinicians across a variety of specialties and may prove useful in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

With an ongoing opioid epidemic spreading across the United States, clinicians are increasingly looking for alternative pain management strategies. Virtual reality therapy has gained the attention of clinicians across a variety of specialties and may prove useful in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

An expert on this novel therapeutic tool will share the lessons he’s learned about this emerging technology during Top 10 Lessons Learned Using Virtual Reality for Pain Management. The clinical symposium will take place from 7:30 – 8:30 am Wednesday in Room 5 B.

Brennan Spiegel, MD, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education, Los Angeles, said that virtual reality has proved successful in treating pain. It also has been used to treat a variety of other conditions from anxiety and depression to high blood pressure.

“A couple of years ago, we started using virtual reality for patient care,” Dr. Spiegel said. “We have developed a sort of library of virtual reality experiences. We call it a ‘virtual reality pharmacy.’ If you can find the right virtual reality prescription for the patient based on their needs and conditions, you can see remarkable results.”

Dr. Spiegel describes virtual reality as an immersive experience.

“It sort of highjacks the brain,” he said. “It makes the brain think the body is elsewhere. With virtual reality, we can help people with pain escape their bodies and go on fantastical journeys. They can fly over glaciers….

Virtual reality shows promising results for pain management

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