Doctors Attempting New Pain Treatment with Injured Veterans

Oct. 24, 2012

Burn injuries are some of the most painfully excruciating injuries a veteran can face after combat. Each year, thousands of Colorado Veterans Disability Benefit recipients must undergo painful treatments and surgeries that can lead to dependence on powerful narcotic painkillers.

To combat this problem, healthcare providers are now using a virtual reality video game to help patients cope with pain, and it seems to be working. MSNBC recently released a story about one soldier’s experience using the technology and how it drastically improved his quality of care.

The soldier was left with third-degree burns over one-third of his body after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. The injuries were so severe that he was put in a medically induced coma for weeks while he healed. He then had to go through painful daily cleansing treatments that he feared would leave him addicted to painkillers.

In response, doctors let him try SnowWorld, a virtual reality game where you throw snowballs at targets. The game alleviates pain by tricking the brain into focusing on the game rather than the pain. In a recent trial, SnowWorld was found to be more effective at treating pain than morphine.

The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm believe injured veterans have a right to receive adequate and quality healthcare for injuries sustained in combat, and are here to answer any questions you may have about a disability benefits claim.

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