Phantom limb pain is mild to extreme pain felt in the area where a limb has been amputated. Sensations of phantom limb pain usually disappear or diminish over time. If, however, symptoms persist for more than six months, the prognosis for improvement is poor.
Although the limb is no longer attached, the nerve endings at the site of the amputation continue to send pain signals to the brain that make the brain think the limb is attached. Sometimes, the brain memory of pain is retained and is interpreted as pain regardless of signals from injured nerves.
Successful treatment of phantom limb pain is challenging. Our specialists offer patients a spectrum of treatments to help provide patients relief from phantom limb pain, including biofeedback, relaxation techniques, massage, medications, physical therapy, mirror therapy, TENS and neurostimulation.