Therapeutic virtual reality for chronic low back pain provides improvements in pain parameters at 3 month-follow-up

Takeaway

  • Therapeutic virtual reality reduces pain intensity, pain-related interference, and sleep disturbance in people with chronic low back pain.

Why this matters

  • Virtual reality is a promising analgesic therapy but little is known regarding its extended efficacy and durability of treatment effects. This is the first study to examine treatment effects of an 8-week program of home-based immersive virtual reality for chronic low back pain using a 3-month post-treatment assessment timepoint.

  • The findings suggest that an 8-week, home-based, self-administered, on-demand therapeutic virtual reality program for back pain has clinically meaningful and enduring benefits.