By VR Medicine News–Researchers in Belgium, the UK, and Israel have evaluated the effectiveness of VR interventions for the rehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), specifically with respect to gait and balance. A total of 8 trials involving 263 people with PD were included in the analysis. Interventions lasted from 4 to 8 weeks. Compared with physiotherapy, VR interventions appeared to moderately improve step and stride length whereas a similar effect between the two approaches was found on gate, balance and quality of life. No adverse events or effect on exercise adherence were reported with the use of VR. “Additional high-quality, large-scale studies are needed to confirm these findings,” the authors note.
Dockx K, Bekkers EM, Van den Bergh V, et al. Virtual reality for rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Dec 21;12:CD010760. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010760.pub2.