Research conducted by American International College suggests XRHealth’s VR Therapy may be a more reliable clinical tool for physical therapy examination than the goniometric method, the current industry standard.

VR Therapy was statistically significant with a 99% confidence level that was more reliable in measuring cervical range of motion, according to results from the single-blinded randomized controlled study that included 40 healthy adults.

In the study, researchers compared both methods’ reliability and the amount of time it took to capture the cervical and shoulder range of motion measurements (AROM) as well as the acceptance of the patients to both of the solutions. According to the results, VR demonstrated a statistically significant difference from the standard goniometer methods with consistently high confidence levels of 99% for rotation, lateral flexion, and flexion/extension, a media release from Brookline, Mass-based XRHealth explains.

“The results of our research demonstrate that physical therapy may be able to achieve higher levels of accuracy in determining a patients’ true capacity with new technologies on the market,” says Patrick Carley, professor, Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the School of Health Sciences at American International College, in the release.

“In addition to the reliability of virtual reality therapy, 75% of the subjects responded that they preferred to have neck motions recorded using VR as a tool rather than the standard goniometric solution.”

 “Virtual reality is a solution that will be used in all areas of healthcare as a medical device – whether it is measuring range of motion, pain management, or assisting in dental offices, the power of virtual reality in the healthcare industry is limitless,” Eran Orr, CEO of XRHealth, notes in the release.

[Source(s): XRHealth, PR Newswire]