Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some news from the future, with Harvard MedTech’s publishing of a new article in peer-reviewed journal “Pain and Therapy” on how the combination of virtual reality and behavioral health is a novel and effective option for resolving pain in the workplace.
The article covers the results of treatment for a cohort of patients who were treated from April 2019-2020 for acute or chronic workplace injuries and were on workers compensation. Patients considerably reduced mean pain scores each week, averaging a reduction of 40% while using the virtual reality headset. Their mean daily time spent thinking about pain symptoms decreased from 9.78 hours at the start of therapy to 2.76 hours after completing the 12-week program, representing a 72% reduction. Reduction in reliance on opioids for pain control was also recorded with 69% of patients reporting a decrease in opioid use.