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Using virtual reality to help medical patients walk again

The use of virtual reality has great benefits in the medical world
By: Michael Hatamoto | Virtual & Augmented Reality News | Posted: May 30, 2015 6:40 am

The use of virtual reality can help medical patients suffering from strokes and other major brain conditions regain control over themselves, researchers believe.

 

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The Virtual Reality Medical Center is using VR to help medical patients re-learn motor functions, such as walking, sitting, or holding an item. Letting patients work in a virtual environment is a great first step, helping ease embarrassment or discomfort before they physically try to move again.

 

"What we do first is teach a person how to control their body and thought process," said Brenda Wiederhold, EVP of the Virtual Reality Medical Center, in a statement to CNBC. "Then we put them in VR and have them practice those skills in the virtual world so they feel confident they can use them in the real-world."

 

It's not just the US military testing VR to help soldiers and military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as there are so many possible uses.

NEWS SOURCES:Cnbc.com, Sandia.gov

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