The emerging role of virtual reality training in rehabilitation

Authors

  • Ayesha Afridi Faculty of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Arshad Nawaz Malik Faculty of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Hina Tariq Bournemouth University, UK
  • Farooq Azam Rathore Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM), Rawalpindi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.22-006

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) uses computer-generated simulations to create a virtual environment for users which appears, sounds, and feels like real-life objects and events. The use of VR in rehabilitation is relatively new and has demonstrated to be an effective tool in achieving desired clinical outcomes by active engagement of participants. Over the past few years, the use of VR in rehabilitation has rapidly increased because of its advantages over traditional rehabilitation techniques. These include better patient adherence to the rehabilitation protocols with high levels of engagement and motivation. This review summarises
the available evidence on the role of VR in rehabilitation,  its effects, and scope across different clinical conditions and
outcomes. We also describe the current status of VR utilization in rehabilitation settings across Pakistan and highlight the need for further research.
Keywords: Virtual reality, exergaming, augmented reality, narrative review, neurorehabilitation, advances.

Published

2022-02-03

How to Cite

Ayesha Afridi, Arshad Nawaz Malik, Hina Tariq, & Farooq Azam Rathore. (2022). The emerging role of virtual reality training in rehabilitation. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 72(01). https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.22-006

Issue

Section

REHABILITATION SCIENCES CORNER

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