WE GET MORE FROM OUR MEDICAL
CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. >>SIX MONTHS AGO PIERRE
MARTIN’S LEFT ARM WAS IN SUCH EXCRUCIATING PAIN HE COULDN’T
LIFT A KITCHEN SKILLET LET ALONE THIS DESK.
>>IT WAS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE.
>>THE 57-YEAR-OLD DIDN’T WANT TO MASK THE PROBLEM WITH PAIN
KILLERS SO HE STUCK IT OUT, UNTIL HE FOUND DR. KIM BULLOCK
AT STANFORD WHO OFFERED HIM AN UNCONVENTIONAL TREATMENT.
>>YOU SEE BOTH HANDS ARE MOVING TOGETHER.
>>VIRTUAL REALITY WITH HIGH TECH GOGGLES OFTEN ASSOCIATED
WITH RID YO YAMS, NOT USED FOR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS.
>>I’M FINDING MOST SURPRISING AND PROMISING IS THE AMOUNT OF
PAIN RELIEF PEOPLE ARE HAVING. >>Reporter: DR. BULLOCK, A
NEURO PSYCHIATRIST, SAYS SHE MADE THE REMARKABLE STUDY BY
ACCIDENT WHILE STUDYING VIRTUAL REALITY FOR CONDITIONS OF
ANXIETY. A WELCOME SIDE EFFECT, THAT
CHRONIC PAIN DIE APPEARED. >>THEY HAD PAIN RELIEF FOR AT
LEAST A WEEK, AND FOR MANY FOR MONTHS.
>>Reporter: WHAT ARE PATIENTS DOING IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD?
>>FOR PIERRE HE IS MOVING HIS PAIN FREE ARM.
WHEN HE LOOKS THROUGH THE GOGGLE ALSO HE SEES THE INJURED ARM
DOING THE CASE, IN THIS CASE TRYING TO POP BALLOONS FLOATING
AROUND HIM. HE SAYS AFTER FIVE SESSIONS HIS
PAIN DISAPPEAR. >>THE COST TO ME WAS MINIMUM.
IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF TIME AND NO SIDE EFFECTS.
>>Reporter: DR. SEAN MACKEY, ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP EXPERTS
SAYS THE TREATMENT WORKS BY TRICKING THE BRAIN.
>>AND THAT’S WHERE THE EXCITEMENT FOR VR COMES IN, IS
THE OPPORTUNITY TO REWIRE OUR BRAINS INTO A MORE NORMAL STATE
SO THAT WE’RE NOT EXPERIENCING AS MUCH PAIN.
IS THIS THE FUTURE OF PAIN MANAGEMENT?
I THINK TEXAS SOUTHERN ONE OF THE FUTURES OF PAIN MANAGEMENT.
>>Reporter: FOR PATIENTS L

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