A new reality: How VR is poised to make real-world clinical impact
“There’s a big distinction between acute pain and chronic pain,” said Jon Weinberg, the chief operating officer of the company. “Acute pain is the body’s alarm system, but chronic pain is more like a broken record. It’s a product of your brain kind of rewiring itself to recreate this pain because the original stimulus was so severe.”
The company offers a number of modules to help ease neuropathic pain and assist with stroke rehab including VR-enabled mirror box therapy that helps to alleviate phantom limb pain and help to enhance movement by reflecting the pain free side of the body to look like the impaired part of the body.
But the immediate demand is for finding solutions to the opioid crisis.
“Every provider without exception that we speak to talks about the opioid epidemic and the pressure on them to find new modalities to treat chronic pain,” Weinberg said. “There’s been a big push to address the three pronged parts of chronic pain: the biological aspect, the psychological aspect and the social aspect.”
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