1. Jerry

    I love playing video games a lot and sometimes when I’m in a flare, I just hook up my PS3 and play a game to try and distract myself. But in professional set ups, I think it will be kinda weird to imagine doctors going out and buying PS3 or XBox 360 just to treat pain in patients.

    • Thabo

      Hi Jerry,

      Yes, I agree that a doctor reaching for a video game to treat a patient in a hospital setting may sound strange. I think, however, that the playing of video games would be treated more as additional home therapy than a substitute for traditional medical care. In other words, it would be something that complements what the doctor is doing.

    • Hi Olivia,

      Electronic games as pain distraction is an issue that I have been interested in for a while now. The notion that you can skip the pain pills and play video games to relieve pain is something that I find fascinating and powerful. I was happy to share this information with you, and I am glad that you found it useful.

    • Hi Jerry,
      Studies have shown that patients playing video games right before a painful procedure at the dentist’s office, came out believing that the pain was less than anticipated. In that respect, I think video games can distract the pain of an abscessed tooth.

  2. This really interested in me using gaming as a coping skill for chronic pain, I have never been much into playing games but this does sound like a fun way to manage my pain so maybe I can learn to play games too


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