Virtual reality (VR) may be an effective non-pharmacologic intervention for treating chronic neuropathic pain (NP) in people with spinal cord injury (SCI).
Why this matters
Studies have shown that VR can reduce acute and chronic pain levels, possibly by downregulating nociceptive neural signaling leading to a decrease in pain perception, although its analgesic mechanisms are unclear.
There is currently a lack of research investigating the effects of different virtual environments (VE) on pain relief, including in people with previous SCI.
Although only a pilot, this study provides evidence for the efficacy of VR as a potential novel non-pharmacologic treatment for neuropathic pain in people with SCI.