Patient Safety | 06.16.21
Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
Researchers and therapists say virtual reality (VR) technology has been showing great promise for physical and occupational therapy. The use of VR in such treatment and care was growing before the pandemic hit. The greater acceptance of telehealth during the crisis has further spurred its use. Many patients are actually finding it a lot more fun than traditional rehabilitation exercises. Dr. Brennan M. Spiegel, director of health services research at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, states, "VR has this uncanny ability to kind of nudge the human brain in ways that other audiovisual media cannot. The bottom line is it motivates us to do things that we might not be able to do."