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Experimental studies of virtual reality-delivered compared to conventional exercise programs for rehabilitation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12855079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper presents preliminary data from two clinical trials currently underway using flat screen virtual reality (VR) technology for physical rehabilitation. In the first study, we are comparing a VR-delivered exercise program to a conventional exercise program for the rehabilitation of shoulder joint range-of-motion in patients with chronic frozen shoulder. In the second study, we are comparing two exercise programs, VR and conventional, for balance retraining in subjects post-traumatic brain injury. Effective VR-based rehabilitation that is easily adapted for individuals to use both in inpatient, outpatient and home-based care could be used as a supplement or alternative to conventional therapy. If this new treatment approach is found to be effective, it could provide a way to encourage exercise and treatment compliance, provide safe and motivating therapy and could lead to the ability to provide exercises to clients in distant locations through telehealth applications of VR treatment. VR is a new technology and the possibilities for rehabilitation are only just beginning to be assessed.
Heidi Sveistrup; Joan McComas; Marianne Thornton; Shawn Marshall; Hillel Finestone; Anna McCormick; Kevin Babulic; Alain Mayhew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1094-9313     ISO Abbreviation:  Cyberpsychol Behav     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-11     Completed Date:  2003-11-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9804397     Medline TA:  Cyberpsychol Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / complications*
Range of Motion, Articular
Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
Shoulder Pain / etiology*,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
User-Computer Interface*

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