Immersive Virtual Reality for Chronic Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury: A Feasibility Trial

Age: 18 - 65 years

Gender: All

Healthy Subjects: No

Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Start Date: November 05, 2018

End Date: November 27, 2018

Contact Information:
The Abilities Research Center

This study will provide critical information about the effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) to decrease the experience of neuropathic pain in the upper and lower extremities in individuals with a spinal cord injury. This study will test the ability of different VR environments to decrease neuropathic pain. In total, an individual’s participation in the study will last 10 weeks. The study consists of two initial study visits, four weeks of VR treatment (20 min VR sessions three times a week), a post-VR treatment visit and a four-week follow-up visit. All study visits will take place at The Abilities Research Center at Mount Sinai (5 E 98th St, Sub-basement, Room #18).


Inclusion Criteria:

Spinal cord injury survivors (chronic only)

Presence of neuropathic pain at or below SCI level for at least 6 months following trauma or disease of the spinal cord

A pain intensity of at least 2 out of 10 in the numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) test at baseline

Stable pharmacological treatment for at least 6 weeks prior to the study and throughout the trial 

Exclusion Criteria: 

Psychiatric or other neurological disorders (Participants will not be excluded for having a spinal cord injury, if they score 0-30 points on the Beck Depression Inventory, or if they report having anxiety) 

Head injuries causing cognitive or visual impairment

- Severe vertigo