Processing pain

Virtual reality game helps ease pain for burns victims

Virtual reality gaming has been used to help burns victims deal with agonising pain endured during medical treatment. Patients in Sheffield who wore a headset to immerse themselves in a virtual basketball game said they felt less pain when having bandages changed. Megan Moxon, 19, said it took her mind off the “excruciating pain”. It is the first trial of its kind in England, with researchers hoping the technique will be rolled out to hospitals over the next few years. The trial, led by Sheffield Hallam University, involved some patients being treated on the burns unit at the city’s Northern General Hospital. ….[READ]

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