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  Patronage of the Polish Society of Audiology and Phoniatrics

vol 13. no 1. March 2014  

 Original articles
Evaluation of Virtual Reality training in the treatment of peripheral vestibular system impairment
Magdalena Józefowicz-Korczyńska, Jarosław Walak, Marcin Szczepanik, Weronika Lukas Grzelczyk, Oskar Rosiak

Introduction. Virtual reality (VR) systems generate interactive
scenarios and situations making the patients respond with body
Aim. The aim of the study was to compare the effectiveness of
VR conventional posturographic training in patients with vertigo
and balance disorders.
Materials and Methods. Forty patients with vertigo and balance
disorders were enrolled into the study. Vestibular dysfunction
was confirmed in videnystagmography. Twenty patients received
posturography biofeedback training on the platform, and 20
patients underwent VR-based training. Patients were assessed
twice, at baseline and after 2 weeks of therapy. We compared
the results of Vertigo Syndrom Scale, Vertigo Visual Analog Scale
and posturographic parameters between groups.
Results. Subjective self-perceived assessment in both groups
demonstrated decrease in the intensity of vertigo after training.
Posturographic parameters improved in both groups after therapy,
although the decrease was not statistically significant, except
for a significant difference in the results of the tasks performed
with the eyes closed in the posturography vs. VR training.
Conclusions. VR training is an effective and feasible method of
treatment for patients with peripheral vestibular impairment,
although it has not been shown to be superior to conventional
posturography training.

keywords: wirtualna rzeczywistość, fizjoterapia, zawroty głowy, uszkodzenie obwodowe błędnika, virtual reality, vertigo, peripheral vestibular impairment

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