Disorders and symptoms

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Neck injuries

Whiplash (hyperflexion/hyperextension) refers to a number of neck-related injuries, caused by or related to a sudden distortion. It is often associated with car and other vehicle accidents, but it can also be sustained due to other events where the neck has been moved uncontrollably.

The symptoms often show days after the injury but can also appear immediately. Some of the reported symptoms are pain to the neck, back and/or shoulders, sensory disturbance to the arms and legs, and headaches. It is an injury where the common denominator is that it is connected to the spine. If the symptoms last over the course of six months, it is labelled as Whiplash syndrome.

Cervical distonia

Cervical dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis, is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side. Cervical dystonia is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions in the neck that cause abnormal movements and postures of the neck and head.

The severity of cervical dystonia can vary, but the disorder can cause significant pain and discomfort as well as difficulty due to the abnormal postures. It can affect quality of life and activities of daily living including employment.

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Dizziness

Dizziness is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the false sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving is called vertigo. Dizziness is one of the more common reasons adults visit their doctors and frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can significantly affect quality of life.

Migraine headaches

Cervical dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis, is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side. Cervical dystonia is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions in the neck that cause abnormal movements and postures of the neck and head.

The severity of cervical dystonia can vary, but the disorder can cause significant pain and discomfort as well as difficulty due to the abnormal postures. It can affect quality of life and activities of daily living including employment.

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Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. 15% of adults are estimated to suffer from recurring migraines. Symptoms typically last 4 to 72 hours and may be severe. In 90% of migraines, the first attack generally develops before the age of 40 years. In women, the frequency of headaches is highest during their reproductive years, when estrogen levels are higher, and decreases to some extent after menopause.

Treatment

No physical therapy treatment fits all patients. Only in Sweden, over 30.000 whiplash injuries are reported annually, and in the US, 3 million. At the same time there are as many different types of whiplash injuries as there are patients. Therefore, the rehabilitation program must be designed for each individual and their specific needs. E-health solutions such as RecoVR can be designed to fit the unique prerequisites of every single patient. 

FAQ

Today, Curest VR is used in hospitals, private clinics and at the patient’s home. It requires that the user has a compatible VR-headset and a Curest licence.

Our VR headsets are adjustable and there is room to wear glasses, with the exception for very large frames. If possible, eye lenses are recommended for the sake of comfort. Alternatively, if you have a minor visual impairment, it is recommended to try without glasses.
Some patients can experience motion sickness, dizziness, headache or similar symptoms during a session with a VR headset. About 10 % of people that try VR for the first time, experience some kind of discomfort. Most patients who experience discomfort often get more and more used to the environments and the symptoms decrease with repeated treatment sessions.
This is very individual. Some individuals can experience motion sickness or dizziness during a certain type of VR usage, but the experiences are made to be gentle to the greatest extent possible and to most individuals, it is a problem that decreases instantly.
The digital exercises provided by Curest through RecoVR can be tailored to each patient and modified after time and progress.
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