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2022 Dec 12

JMIR Res Protoc



Virtual Reality-Augmented Physiotherapy for Chronic Pain in Youth: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Enhanced With a Single-Case Experimental Design.


Simons LE, Hess CW, Choate ES, Van Orden AR, Tremblay-McGaw AG, Menendez M, Boothroyd DB, Parvathinathan G, Griffin A, Caruso TJ, Stinson J, Weisman A, Liu T, Koeppen K
JMIR Res Protoc. 2022 Dec 12; 11(12):e40705.
PMID: 36508251.


Chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is a prominent health concern, resulting in pain-related disability, loss of functioning, and high health care costs. Physiotherapy rehabilitation is a gold-standard treatment for improving functioning in youth with chronic MSK pain. However, increasing physical activity can feel unattainable for many adolescents because of pain-related fear and movement avoidance. Virtual reality (VR) offers an immersive experience that can interrupt the fear-avoidance cycle and improve engagement in physiotherapy. Despite promising initial findings, data are limited and often lack the rigor required to establish VR as an evidence-based treatment for MSK pain.