Imagine if physical therapy was more like a game where you sharpened your balance while weight shifting through a winding path, catching butterflies or slalom skiing? That’s exactly what’s happening at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) as physical therapists use virtual reality technology to help patients recover from certain neurologic and orthopedic conditions.
“Virtual reality is a landmark innovation in rehabilitation. It improves patient motivation, engagement and function. The virtual reality environment stimulates neurologic response to maximize motor relearning and recovery of function and independence,” says physical therapist Sandra Tremblay, Manager, Rehabilitation Services at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest.