Immersive VR for Gait Training Safe and Effective in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

From VR Medicine News-A new study sought to determine the safety of head-mounted displays (HMDs) for long-duration VR walking for rehabilitation in 33 patients (11 healthy young, 11 healthy older adults, and 11 with Parkinson’s disease (PD)). No significant differences in discomfort or simulator sickness were observed across the groups. All groups had reduced stress, and PD patients had increased arousal after exposure. “This provides systematic evidence supporting the safety of immersive VR for gait training in these populations,” the authors conclude.

Kim A, Darakjian N, Finley JM. Walking in fully immersive virtual environments: an evaluation of potential adverse effects in older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017;14:1-12.