Virtual Reality (VR) Created for Physical Therapy Even Though Use Is Harmful to Eyes, etc. Plus More Tech = More E-Waste.

By B.N. Frank

Florida college students are creating Virtual Reality (VR) programs to make physical therapy (PT) more fun:

Student Jonathan Truong is part of the team of UT students developing PT VR. As a child, he contracted meningitis and, as a complication of the disease, suffered a stroke.

Since then, he’s gone through eight rounds of physical therapy. His history of pain and rehab is the driving force behind his desire to improve the field.

“It’s aggravating,” Truong said. “Physical therapy is boring. It’s very repetitive for me.”

Everyone who has done PT without using VR knows that it can be boring unless, of course, you’re fortunate enough to have a very attractive physical therapist working with you.  Unfortunately, research has also already proven that VR use causes balance issues, behavioral changes, cognitive problems in children, eye problems (soreness, vision changes), headaches, and moreMost would agree that none of these side effects from VR use are fun either.  Activist Post has already published articles about this:

More recent research has also proven that exposure to blue light from screens can lead to macular degeneration and blindness, age your skin faster, and more.

For those who are eco-conscious, the creation of more VR devices and games for physical therapy will also lead to more Electronic Waste (e-Waste) which is environmentally harmful.

VR for physical therapy is already being used.  All things considered, is it really worth it so that patients don’t have to be bored?

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