Improve Rehabilitation Efforts
Duke University’s Walk Again Project is revolutionizing the way we think about rehabilitation, and the uses of virtual reality software. They are using a combination of brain-machine interfaces and VR in order to create a system that allows paralyzed individuals to walk again.
After six months, patients who thought they would be strapped to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives could walk on their robotic legs.
Patients Feel More in Charge
Using a VR headset when doing physical therapy offers something traditional therapy never will – independence. While a patient may have a PT professional nearby during therapy, the headset allows patients to take control of the session.
Virtual Reality Makes Treatments Less Distressing and Reduces Anxiety
A fun VR distraction might just be the answer to painful, unpleasant experiences at the doctor’s office. Who knows, maybe you or your kid will actually start looking forward to those visits
In a study done on the Effect of Virtual Reality Distraction on Pain and Anxiety During Dental Treatment in 5 to 8 Year Old Children, VR proved to significantly reduce pain and anxiety levels for the participating children.
For patients with OCD or anxiety, virtual reality offers the opportunity to participate in exposure therapy. Exposure therapy can reduce anxiety levels by up to 90%, and even have up to a 65% chance of eliminating the cause of the anxiety.
Performing exposure therapy on these patients through VR can be helpful for medical professionals because it can be performed wherever and whenever. It can also be a more pleasant experience for the patient because they can recognize that whatever they’re being exposed to isn’t actually real.
Healthcare encompasses a large variety of patient treatments, ranging from surgeries to phobia treatments and mental disorders. Virtual reality can help the industry by revolutionizing the way professionals learn and work, improving and solidifying safety standards in the workspace, and reducing risks when responsible for another human being’s life.
How we take care of ourselves and our health, as well as the way health care professionals treat their patients, can all change with the large-scale implementation of VR in healthcare.
Despite early pilots and deployments of VR in medicine and healthcare yielding so many positive results, we have only just begun to collectively scratch the surface of how this technology can fundamentally change the healthcare sphere.