Weekly News Scan: Reimagining the physical therapy experience; Virtual reality as new therapy for pain

This week in the news, we look at two articles taking a reimagined look at physical therapy of the future. One discusses bringing patients new ways to access care and the other a new way of using virtual reality to cope with chronic pain.  We hope you enjoy!

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Reimagining the physical therapy experience, IMPACT, May 2019: Technology is changing and the needs of patients and those providing care are evolving along with it. Amazon and Uber are just two examples of companies that have achieved incredible success by engaging with customers to deliver new technologies that meet their demands, but what is healthcare doing to keep up? Are we keeping up? Don’t miss this IMPACT article from Clinicient partner Luna discussing what their team is doing to bring patients new ways to access care and how they are working to meet the evolving needs of modern-day therapists.  

Virtual reality as therapy for pain, New York Times, April 29, 2019: A sophisticated distraction technique is now being used to help patients cope with both chronic and acute pain. Known as Virtual Reality Therapy, it’s much more than just a simple distraction. Instead, it has the ability to so totally immerse a patient in an entertaining, interactive way that the brain has no more room to process pain sensations at the same time. This new treatment for pain management is picking up speed as the opioid epidemic continues to grow and the price of VR equipment falls.

So far, Virtual Reality Therapy has been successfully used to help children and adults deal with acute pain ranging from IV insertion to debridement of burns. It has also shown to enhance the effectiveness of established techniques like physical therapy, hypnosis and behavioral therapy to treat debilitating chronic pain. In this article from the New York Times, Larry Benz of Confluent Health, a Keet customer, is quoted saying, “When you’re fully immersed in a virtual environment, it’s like a ‘brain hack’ — you can’t be engaged in anything else.” Read the full article to learn more about VR and how it’s being adopted by providers.

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Taylor Goldsmith

Content Marketing Program Manager

Taylor Goldsmith is the Content Marketing Program Manager at Clinicient where she manages the blog, social media strategy, supports lead generation activities and more. She provides insightful direction to a variety of other daily Clinicient activities and brings to her team knowledge of core and emerging marketing strategies. Taylor earned a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the Portland food scene, and cheer on the Oregon Ducks.

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