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"Virtual Reality May Mean Real Pain Relief for Hospitalized Patients" - Phil Blanc

  • ABC News
  • New York, NY
  • (August 15, 2019)

For many hospital patients, pain is part of their reality. According to a new study, however, an unreal environment could help. Virtual reality can help. Researchers tried virtual reality technology as a new treatment for pain -- and it seemed to work. From orthopedic pain to cancer pain, the patient's pain level went down across the board. Houman Danesh, MD, Director of Integrative Pain Management for The Mount Sinai Hospital, has occasionally referred patients to use VR for treatment and sees the study results as promising. He added, “For pain management, you do need a multimodal approach to achieve effects.” 

— Houman Danesh, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Rehabilitation & Human Performance, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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