TULSA, Oklahoma –
The opioid epidemic has hit our state onerous, and lots of docs try to assist individuals find various remedies.
A Tulsa enterprise is using digital actuality headsets to assist patients relieve continual pain and perhaps ultimately get off painkillers.
“I just handed out and simply bam, I’m on the ground,” stated Lee Stidham. “It took me 11 hours to tug myself to my telephone.”
Lee Stidham fell while she was residence alone a couple of months in the past and broke her hip. Since then she’s been dealing with continual ache and has tried every thing from tablets to bodily therapy to now virtual reality remedy.
“My ache was in all probability a 6, received up to an eight. It’s really, it’s a three now,” stated Stidham.
The virtual actuality headset is crammed with an immersive 3-D expertise that helps patients loosen up via deep respiration.
“They are within the goggles, they are wanting around at issues and there’s a doorway, in order that they open the door and there’s somebody there that’s going to describe their pain,” stated Redbud Regional Director Amy Malone.
Bodily therapists work with patients to find out a plan and the way typically they need to use the virtual actuality remedy.
They say it may possibly additionally assist them be in command of their pain.
“Respiration can decrease our heart price, it will probably lower our blood strain as well as can decrease the quantity of hypersensitivity of our nerve endings which cause ache,” stated Malone.
Sufferers can put the virtual reality goggles on and transport themselves to a spot, just like the seashore or the mountains, where they are often away from their ache.
“Say they need to go to the seashore, in order that they click on the seashore and in that seashore module, they speak about deep respiration,” stated Malone.
Malone says they see a variety of persistent ache sufferers at Redbud and a few are being prescribed a decrease dose of treatment due to the opioid epidemic.
“They will use this to use their respiration, to allow them to hopefully get off their pain meds,” stated Malone.
They consider that is one other means they will use a non-invasive remedy to help convey aid to sufferers.
“Something we will have in our toolbox, that’s going to assist them help themselves, assist them get better, back to dwelling and doing the things we need to do is what we need to have,” stated Malone.
Stidham says her main care doctor heard concerning the virtual reality remedy and recommended she attempt it, however says at first, she didn’t assume it might work.
“I was simply sitting there considering, this isn’t working. This isn’t working. And then – poof – abruptly my pain goes down,” stated Stidham.
She says she nonetheless cannot stand to prepare dinner, drive or do a number of on a regular basis issues, however she hopes with this new remedy, she can be again on her ft quickly.
“I have real hope now,” stated Stidham.
All 15 Redbud places have a set of Virtual Reality Goggles, and you do not have to have a prescription to attempt it.