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Virtual reality: a new tool for pain management in hospitals

Virtual reality (VR) is a cutting-edge technology with a wide range of applications, including entertainment, gaming, and healthcare. In recent years, VR has been gaining traction in healthcare, particularly in the field of pain management.

Effects of VR Therapy:

Inspiring Cases:

  • Harmon Clark is a chronic patient who suffers from severe pain in his arms. He has tried a variety of treatments, including prescription medication, but his pain is still severe. Recently, he started using VR to treat his pain. He uses a VR program that shows him images of beaches and forests, which distracts him from the pain. Clark says that VR has helped him to significantly reduce his pain, and allow him to live a more active life.

  • Erin Martucci was pregnant with her second child, and she decided to have a natural birth, without an epidural. However, during labor, she began to feel fear and anxiety. Her doctor suggested that she use VR to help her cope with the pain and anxiety. Martucci put on VR goggles that provided her with images of a peaceful beach. She says that VR helped her to relax and focus on the birth, and allow her to give birth to her baby naturally.

Effects of VR Therapy:

Studies have shown that VR can be very effective in reducing pain and anxiety. A study conducted in 2023 found that VR reduced pain levels in patients undergoing chemotherapy by 50%. Another study found that VR reduced anxiety levels in children undergoing blood draws by 75%.

Use of VR in Hospitals in Israel:

VR is gaining popularity in hospitals in Israel. Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv is one of the leading hospitals in this field. The hospital uses VR to treat patients with chronic diseases, children with pain, and also in surgery.

The Future of VR in Pain Management:

VR is a cutting-edge technology with tremendous potential for pain management. As the technology improves and becomes more accessible, it is expected to become an increasingly effective treatment for patients with pain.

If you are suffering from pain, talk to your doctor about the possibility of using VR as a treatment. VR can be a new and effective way to help you cope with your pain.

The article was written by Amit Caesar and bard

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