Virtual reality is a computer system that generates representations of reality. With the use of special glasses, you can have the feeling of entering into that illusion and interacting with what is there. There are numerous applications, for example, it can be used as a tool in the fight against Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. The possibility of using virtual reality for early diagnosis of these diseases is currently being investigated.
Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis
With the help of virtual reality and a number of sensors, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis could be diagnosed earlier. The health field accounts for 12% of virtual reality projects in Spain.
The advancement of technology is of great help to medicine. The possibilities of new treatments or early diagnosis enable progress in healing and better care for patients. This is the case of virtual reality, which is revolutionising medicine: psychological treatments, surgical training, rehabilitation, etc. According to Spain’s virtual reality map, 12% of projects using this technology are in the health field.
A team of scientists from two Russian universities is currently working on the development of a virtual reality tool that will allow the early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, which will help simplify the approach to these diseases.
With this system, the patient puts on augmented reality glasses in order to enter virtual reality. Movement sensors are used in this environment to detect postural changes, measured through 20 points. A healthy person would adapt quickly to the virtual environment and maintain a stable position. A sick person however would show signs of loss of balance.
Prevention of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s
Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common neurological diseases among the population aged between 20 and 30. In Spain alone, about 50,000 people, mainly women, suffer from it. Research is aimed at stopping the progression of this disease, for example with stem cells. Being able to make an early diagnosis will enable the application of preventative treatment, which helps control flare-ups and discomfort.
For its part, Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that mainly affects people over the age of 65. According to a recent study, it affects more than 300,000 people in Spain. Research into this disease is aimed at ascertaining its origin and its prevention.
In both diseases, patients can spend a lot of time sitting or lying down. This is when pressure sores or ulcerations appear on the skin. To prevent appearance, it is important to change posture frequently and use a wheelchair fitted with a pressure relief cushion, such as those in Orliman’s new Sitlive range. This range seeks to offer different solutions for the comfort of people with reduced or no mobility. Pressure relief cushions, boots and heel cushions and pressure relief sheets/protection pads are part of Orliman Sitlive.
Prevention is fundamental in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Either through early diagnosis or healthy habits. The use of products such as Orliman Sitlive also helps prevent discomfort and complications caused by these diseases.