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IVR & Chronic Back Pain

Title The Feasibility of Immersive Virtual Reality as a treatment for Chronic Back Pain
Therapeutic Area Chronic Pain
Principal Investigator Nancy Baker
Min Age 20 Years
Max Age 75 Years
Gender All
Contact Nancy Baker
617 627 0120


The purpose of this study is to assess how Immersive Virtual Reality effects the intensity of (pain, tiredness, mood and sensory responses) in people with chronic back pain

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • Between 20 and 75 years of age
  • Experiencing back or neck pain that has lasted greater than 3 months
  • Back pain non-cancer-related

Exclusion Criteria

  • Back pain due to a rheumatic disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia) or
  • Central neurological disorder (e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury); Epilepsy or other seizure, or
  • Do not own a cell phone or tablet.

Study Requirements

In this study you will complete two Immersive Virtual Reality experiences over two visits, one Immersive Virtual Reality experience will be 10-minutes long, the other 20-minutes.  Before you come for those visits there will be a remote session to complete initial paperwork.  After completing the remote session you will complete a weeklong daily assessment of your symptoms (pain, tiredness and mood) at home before you come in for your first visit. To report these outcomes, you will complete very short surveys 3x a day using your cell phone or tablet. After each Immersive Virtual Reality visit, you will complete three more days of reporting on these measures 3x a day using your phone or tablet.  If you participate in that study you will receive up to $80 if you complete all study activities.  In addition we will reimburse up to $40 for travel costs.