Virtual Reality as a Treatment for Chronic Pain

Is virtual reality a viable option for chronic pain management? A new scoping review suggests it has potential. Here, key findings for primary care.

Virtual reality (VR) is considered to be one of the most promising technological advances in he past decade. Although much of the focus has been on the use of VR for entertainment and educational purposes, it may have benefits for certain medical conditions including chronic pain.

A recent scoping review published in the journal Pain Medicine aimed to provide a summary of VR approaches examined in chronic primary and secondary pain conditions. In the slides below, find key findings of interest to primary care clinicians.