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Wounded soldier uses video game to ease pain

Video on msnbc.com: Imagine if doctors could prescribe video games for severe pain instead of painkilling narcotics.  Rock Center’s Natalie Morales meets a burn patient whose success story using virtual reality is described as nothing short of miraculous. After an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2008, Lt. Sam Brown says playing a virtual reality game has helped manage his pain better than taking morphine.

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Virtual Reality Game Eases Pain for Burn Patients

Virtual Reality Game Eases Pain for Burn Patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
For patients, sitting still while medical professionals clean wounds and change bandages can prove nothing less than challenging. A growing number of hospitals have a cool solution: treat the entire process more like a game.

 

For example, about a year ago, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania began using a video game called SnowWorld to help burn patients manage their pain.

 

Brosious says that playing the game reduces pain levels and results in a diminished need for pain and anti-anxiety medication. In fact, a study appearing in the American Pain Society’s APS Bulletin found that virtual reality games reduce patient pain ratings during severe burn wound care by 30 to 50 percent. The game works for two reasons, Brosious says: It creates a “diversion” from watching the burn treatment while allowing patients to focus on a cool environment that feels soothing. SnowWorld is particularly effective for children, who often flinch and cry before treatment begins.

 

 

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