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Evaluation of Virtual Reality training in the treatment of peripheral vestibular system impairment
Magdalena Józefowicz-Korczyńska 1/, Jarosław Walak 2/, Marcin Szczepanik 2/, Weronika Lukas Grzelczyk 1/, Oskar Rosiak 3/
  • 1/ Zakład Układu Równowagi, I Katedra Otolaryngologii UM w Łodzi
  • 2/ Zakład Rehabilitacji USK nr 1 im N. Barlickiego w Łodzi
  • 3/ Studenckie Koło Naukowe UM w Łodzi

Introduction. Virtual reality (VR) systems generate interactive scenarios and situations making the patients respond with body movement.

Aim. The aim of the study was to compare the effectiveness of VR conventional posturographic training in patients with vertigo and balance disorders.

Materials and Methods. Forty patients with vertigo and balance disorders were enrolled into the study. Vestibular dysfunction was confirmed in videnystagmography. Twenty patients received posturography biofeedback training on the platform, and 20 patients underwent VR-based training. Patients were assessed twice, at baseline and after 2 weeks of therapy. We compared the results of Vertigo Syndrom Scale, Vertigo Visual Analog Scale and posturographic parameters between groups.

Results. Subjective self-perceived assessment in both groups demonstrated decrease in the intensity of vertigo after training. Posturographic parameters improved in both groups after therapy, although the decrease was not statistically significant, except for a significant difference in the results of the tasks performed with the eyes closed in the posturography vs. VR training.

Conclusions. VR training is an effective and feasible method of treatment for patients with peripheral vestibular impairment, although it has not been shown to be superior to conventional posturography training.

Otorynolaryngologia vol 13. no 1. Marchpages: from 51to 57
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