Pain Management In Patients Through VR Technology
Medical Virtual Reality gives healthcare providers, practitioners, researchers, residents, patients, and chemists extraordinary possibilities. As the Top Custom Healthcare Software Development Company, Zoondia recognizes the need for innovations in the field of medicine.
Pain control is a difficult medical issue, and several attempts have been made to develop alternative non-pharmacological treatments.
In the healthcare industry, virtual reality (VR) is becoming a major player. According to a recent estimate, this market will rise to $5.1 billion by 2025. This technology holds promise in revolutionizing the healthcare industry, with applications ranging from training medical professionals to diagnosing and treating different conditions.
VR systems are made up of hardware (headsets, glasses, gloves, computers, or mobile devices) and software that create a virtual reality (VR) environment in a variety of settings. The setting may be a physical location, such as a hospital, a classroom, or a conference room, or even a hologram that interacts with the user directly.
VR As Empathy Machine
Patients struck by traumas, memory loss, bodily or intellectual abuse, age-associated fitness issues, Alzheimer’s disease, drug addiction, and different ordeals want a calming ecosystem and reassuring phrases to recuperate quickly. An immersive VR environment is a powerful technique to assist medical students in broadening empathy in the direction of such patients.
Patients undergoing regular medical procedures are whisked away to dive under the sea, zap flying cheeseburgers in space, catch basketballs with their heads, and zip across the sky on paper aeroplanes thanks to virtual reality (VR) technology, which is being implemented throughout the various hospital to help ease patients’ feelings of pain and anxiety.
The ability to distract these patients with fully immersive, fun, and relaxing sensory environments has been a game-changer as it has been proven to have a significant impact on the anxiety and pain that they experience during minor procedures, dressing changes, and other medical treatments.
With VR, an often intimidating setting suddenly becomes a really cool thing or place that the patients want to explore. It can minimize the experience of getting the IV to the point that a negative experience can be converted into a positive one.
VR has the potential to provide enhanced treatment and greater improvement across a range of pain outcomes through lessening pain catastrophizing and improving pain self-efficacy (ie, confidence in the ability to carry out daily activities). Research is underway to further quantify the impact VR has on the levels of pain and anxiety that patients experience by contrasting the experiences of patients who have used virtual reality during vascular access procedures, such as blood draws and port access, with those who have not.
In Saudi Arabia, research has been going on in VR since 2007 with the focus on the use of VR in medical applications, specifically in the area of controlling the intensity of pain that patients feel during wound care or physical therapy.
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