Chronic Pain Treatment through Virtual Reality

Filippo La Paglia, Daniele La Barbera, Giuseppe Riva, Ambra Pintabona, Brenda K. Wiederhold, Mark D. Wiederhold, Filippo Guccione, Salvatore Zichichi

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Abstract

Chronic pain is a notable issue of public healthcare, causing enormous direct and indirect costs, and a reduction of the quality of life in the affected patients. In this study, we have used Virtual Reality (VR) as a method to reduce stress, anxiety and pain in patients affected by chronic pain. We examined two cohorts of patients: an experimental group and a control group. The patients in the experimental group were administered eight VR sessions, each of those lasted thirty minutes, while the control group had a standard therapy. The results are encouraging: they demonstrate the efficacy of VR treatment and the safety of the method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalANNUAL REVIEW OF CYBERTHERAPY AND TELEMEDICINE
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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