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Description

In view of the emphasis on the need for non-narcotic methods of pain control, we have been using virtual reality analgesia (VRA) to help treat both the pediatric and adult patient populations. The session will have 4 presentations to cover several areas and potential applications. We will provide background information regarding virtual reality (VR) technology as it applies to VRA. In addition, we will discuss the various virtual reality head mounted displays (VRHMD's) currently available and the pros and cons of each device. Next, we will discuss our ongoing research, VRA for Botulinum toxin injections (BTI's) in children, and for chronic pain in adults. We will discuss the process of content creation, specifically the collaboration of Montefiore's Department of Fine Arts and Collections with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's VR laboratory to create custom VRA experiences for the patients of the Bronx. We will end with a brief demonstration of the VRHMD's we are using in our studies and how to implement VRA into clinical practice.

    Learning Objectives
    • The attendees will be able to discuss the various affordable technologies available to provide virtual reality analgesia.
    • The attendees will be able to discuss the basic science behind virtual reality analgesia for children undergoing Botulinum toxin injections.
    • The attendees will be able to discuss the basic science behind virtual reality analgesia for supplemental pain control in patients with chronic pain.
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