AppliedVR testing the use of at-home virtual reality therapy for chronic pain
Los Angeles-based AppliedVR’s virtual reality platform—which uses goggles and headsets to create an immersive, 3D virtual world—has been aimed at alleviating everything from labor pains during childbirth to the pain from burns to discomfort experienced undergoing infusions for cancer treatment.
In total, AppliedVR works with more than 200 hospitals to provide virtual reality therapy to help ease patients’ acute pain after surgery or during hospitalization.
The company also has teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to target and ease chronic pain in the comfort of patient’s homes. AppliedVR plans to pilot its immersive VR programs for palliative care and chronic pain with the VA and is also working on clinical trials with Geisinger and Cleveland Clinic to study VR as a replacement for prescription opioids.