Feasibility of Virtual Reality Delivery of Pain Neuroscience Education

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Updated on 7 June 2022
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low back pain


Randomized Clinical Trail (RCT) for patients already planned to attend physical therapy for chronic low back pain. Patients will be randomized to receive Physical Therapy (PT) as usual or PT plus pain education delivered via virtual-reality headset.


There is an increasing emphasis in physical therapy and healthcare in general on enhancing patients' ability to self-manage spinal pain as a strategy to reduce disability for impacted individuals and escalating healthcare costs. This change in emphasis requires a paradigm shift on the part of practitioners and patients alike in how they conceptualize and respond to pain. PNE is a promising education strategy that has been shown to influence patient-reported outcomes in those with chronic pain and has been shown to influence the provider's beliefs about pain. However, the delivery of this education has proven difficult for providers in terms of comfortability and time-efficiency. A standardized delivery a PNE by experts in the field could prove efficient and effective.

STUDY DESIGN The investigators' overall goal is to determine the feasibility of VR-delivered pain neuroscience education (PNE). Secondarily, the investigators would like to see if these interventions are best targeted to specific individuals. To accomplish these goals, the investigators will conduct a randomized clinical trial, randomly assigning participants to receive virtual reality (VR) education in addition to usual care or usual care with no additional education.

Condition Low Back Pain
Treatment Usual care physical therapy, VR Pain Education
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05285462
SponsorUniversity of Utah
Last Modified on7 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

i. Age 18-75 at time of first physical therapy session ii. Primary reason for physical therapy is low back pain iii. History of low back pain >/= 12 weeks

Exclusion Criteria

i. Age >75y/o or <18 y/o ii. Red flag condition that prohibits participation in physical therapy
Systemic metabolic disorder
Neurological or muscular degenerative disorder (including Epilepsy)
Systemic infection
Cardiopulmonary or pulmonary disorder with contraindication to physical exercise iii. Recent spinal surgery (<12 months) iv. Specific spinal pathologies, such as severe stenosis or spondylolisthesis or fracture v. Acute radiculopathy or compromised nerve root vi. Currently known to be pregnant
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