August 15, 2019: There's nothing "virtual" about the use of virtual reality, or VR, in physical therapy. It's already happening. Some physical therapists are using it to address pain and other issues. Many more physical therapists are looking into ways to add it to traditional physical therapy.
In this episode, Sujay Galen, PT, PhD, a physical therapist who's also a bioengineer, talks about the current realties and future promise of VR as a valuable tool in patient care. He discusses where the science has been, where it is now, and where it's likely to go as the research continues and a body of evidence for best practices develops.
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Sujay Galen, PT, PhD, chairs the Department of Physical Therapy at Georgia State University. He has both a PhD and a master's degrees in bioengineering, and his research interests explore ways of bringing together physical therapy and bioengineering to promote better function and mobility in people with various neurological disorders and movement impairments. His research laboratory is engaged in developing of wearable sensors and measuring their effectiveness in exercise and recovery.