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Virtual Reality Draws More Interest as Non-Drug Pain Treatment

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 1103 | 0 | 174 min read

Interest in virtual reality as a non-drug treatment for pain is growing in workers’ comp, and researchers are gaining a better understanding of when the therapy is likely to work. San Francisco-based Karuna Labs last month announced it was making its Virtual Embodiment Training available to workers’ comp patients with chronic pain. According to Karuna, the virtual sessions retrain the brain to perceive movement as non-threatening, increasing the patient’s adherence to their physical therapy plan and improving range of motion over time. Using VR headsets, Karuna software sh...

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