Over the past two years, the use of virtual reality (VR) in healthcare has increased. However, it is still in its early stages. As of now it has mostly been used to help surgeons prepare for surgery and physicians better understand the actual realities their patients are living with.
As VR becomes more common among the public, the potential for its use in treatment is starting to emerge. In fact, specialists are already exploring VR therapy to support conditions from visual impairment to autism. Starting this year, experts plan to begin using this technology to help treat cancer patients and people with mental illness.
VR therapy involves giving patients tasks that they can perform within virtual environments. Studies from several institutions have proven VR therapy to be effective in reducing pain among hospitalized patients. Therefore, people are starting to recognize that VR is more than a distraction. It can be a crucial part of healthcare that has the ability to identify the relationship between chronic diseases and factors like diet and lifestyle. This technology can improve outcomes in all of these areas by providing a realistic experience that can lead to better habits. VR also offers the chance to personalise therapeutics. In fact, it is already being used to treat PTSD, phobias and psychiatric conditions as it is showing excellent results.
The capabilities of VR are still unknown, so it will continue to be developed with time. However, studies are already showing that the global VR healthcare market is set to grow by 54.5% annually between now and 2023.