Watch: Can virtual reality really transform physical therapy?

first_img @hoganalex In the LabWatch: Can virtual reality really transform physical therapy? Senior Multimedia Producer Alex coordinates video production and STAT Brand Studio projects. Related: Using VR to transform physical therapyVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0003:0903:09  Are skills learned in a virtual environment carried over into the real world? Danielle Levac is studying the link between virtual and physical rehabilitation at Northeastern University. Alex Hogan, Dom Smith/STAT By Alex Hogan Aug. 31, 2018 Reprints Researchers have long seen the potential of virtual reality in rehabilitating patients with movement disorders. But do treatments using VR have advantages over traditional physical therapy?Danielle Levac at Northeastern University’s ReGame laboratory is trying to answer that question.“What we don’t know enough of is when you learn a skill in a virtual environment, to what extent does that actually help you get better at that skill in real life?” she said.advertisement [email protected] Levac’s work focuses on children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders, and to measure any success, she first must come up with a baseline. About the Author Reprints On a recent day, Levac was putting 9-year-old Mattea through a series of games developed by the lab to see how she might ordinarily expect a child to perform.advertisement Alex Hogan A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality While VR won’t replace traditional physical therapy, Levac sees its promise.“I think that these games can provide a very useful adjunct that can potentially offer some extra benefits,” she said.last_img read more