Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a cool announcement from Travelers that it is exploring the effectiveness of a digital pain-reduction kit that uses therapeutic virtual reality and wearable technology as a non-pharmacological supplement to managing pain associated with acute orthopaedic injuries of the lower back and extremities, with the goal of improving outcomes for injured workers.
The project is in collaboration with Cedars-Sinai, Samsung Electronics America, Bayer and appliedVR. Cedars’ Center for Outcomes Research and Education and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will conduct the clinical research project over 16 months and include between 90 and 140 participants, ages 18-65. The digital pain-reduction kit consists of a Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, headset; Samsung GearFit2 wearable; therapeutic pain management content, powered by biosensors provided by appliedVR; and an Aleve Direct Therapy TENS Device for those with lower back pain from sore and aching muscles due to strain, provided by Bayer. The kit will measure day-to-day functional status, work productivity, and the use of pain medication.
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