FDA approves virtual reality system for treatment of chronic lower back pain

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UTAH (ABC4) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is driving change in the chronic pain treatment industry.

As of November 16, 2021, the FDA cleared the market for a prescription virtual reality (VR) system called EaseVRx.

EaseVRx uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other therapeutic methods to reduce symptoms of chronic low back pain in patients 18 years of age or older.

“Millions of adults in the United States live with chronic lower back pain that can affect many aspects of their daily lives,” said Christopher M. Loftus, MD, acting director of the Office of Neurological Medicine and Devices. Physics from the FDA’s Center for FDA. Devices and radiological health. “Reducing pain is a crucial part of living with chronic low back pain. Today’s clearance provides a treatment option for pain reduction that does not include opioid pain relievers when used with other treatment methods for chronic low back pain.

Chronic low back pain is one of the most common painful conditions in America. Common treatments include prescription and over-the-counter medications, steroid injections, surgery, and electrical nerve stimulation. CBT has also been used to decrease pain through a cognitive approach of changing negative beliefs patients may have about the correlation between their pain and their movements.

EaseVRx works by applying the basic concepts of CBT along with other behavioral therapy techniques to address the physiological symptoms of pain and reduce them through skill-based treatment.

The device comes with a VR headset, a controller and a breathing amplifier, which comes from the headset and monitors the patient’s breathing during deep breathing exercises.

EaseVRx takes the patient through an eight-week daily treatment program consisting of 56 VR sessions lasting from two to 16 minutes. Each session provides the user with different sets of skills to reduce pain interference with daily activities.

To learn more about the device or to buy your own EaseVRx, click here.

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