Virtual reality appears to be an effective distraction intervention to relieve pain and distress during various medical procedures.
Virtual reality was shown to reduce pain and anxiety compared with standard of care during routine blood draws in children and adolescents.
The use of virtual reality (VR) and multisensory stimulation in patients with spinal cord injury promotes mild relief from chronic neuropathic pain and represents a potentially helpful addition to SCI neurorehabilitation management.
Virtual reality technology may relieve pain through neurophysiologic changes related to conditioning and exposure, in addition to mechanisms involving distraction.
Virtual reality is on the verge of revolutionizing pain management, including on the chronic pain front, and may offer a new way to combat the opioid crisis.
The use of virtual reality technology was superior to standard controlled distraction therapy for the management of pain in hospitalized patients.
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