In this course, we’ll discuss the science and practice of virtual analgesia for acute and chronic pain management. Virtual analgesia involves use of virtual reality (VR) to provide therapeutic benefits for pain management using a combination of audio and visual stimuli through a head-mounted device. The discussion will include an overview of the basic science undergirding VR, a review of key studies using VR for both acute and chronic pain, and information about the clinical implementation of a VR pain service.
Review how virtual reality (VR) is being used for managing acute and chronic pain
Discuss evidence that VR can help address comorbid anxiety and depression
Analyze case studies using VR in clinical practice