This article discusses applications of virtual reality technology in the management of various medical conditions.
Virtual reality has become a readily available technology and a widely used form of entertainment. Like other technology that originated in the gaming industry, virtual reality technology has been adopted by other industries, including the healthcare industry. Healthcare professionals are constantly looking to innovations in technology to improve and optimize their services, and virtual reality has been shown to do this in a variety of areas of medicine. Recent research suggests that virtual reality is useful in medicine as a more effective method of exposure therapy for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and as a way to treat pain in the midst of the current opioid addiction epidemic.
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