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Virtual Reality and Chronic Knee Pain

Title The Feasibility and Effectiveness of Virtual Reality in Reducing Pain for Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis
Therapeutic Area Osteoarthritis
Principal Investigator Nancy Baker
Min Age 60 Years
Gender All
Contact Tara Sarkar
617 732 9463
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This study will evaluate the potential usefulness and effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) in reducing pain for adults with chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • speak and understand English
  • willing to wear VR headset
  • primary diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis with pain

Exclusion Criteria

  • seizure disorders
  • visual/hearing deficits
  • received steroid injection within 2 weeks of VR intervention

Study Requirements

  • 1 research visit (~1-1.5 hrs) to Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pain Management Center at 850 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA.
  • participation in 1, 10-20 minute VR meditation session
  • completion of surveys related to demographics, pain, emotions, and VR experience before and after intervention during the visit.
  • complete of surveys at home related to pain and emotions a few days after VR intervention.