Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom Limb Pain | Comprehensive Pain Management Center

Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain is a complex pain syndrome that defines a burning, aching, tingling pain felt

in an amputated limb. Painful sensation in the amputated limb may lessen over time but some

patients could continue to suffer from long-term pain. Many amputees have phantom limb pain

that is not described as painful. Phantom pain should be identified after other causes of stump

pain, like ischemia, infection, and pressure-related wounds, have been excluded. Phantom pain

most commonly occurs in the distal part of the amputated limb and has a higher occurrence in

limbs connected with the cortex of the brain.

Treatments

  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Sodium channel blockers
  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Desensitization physical therapy
  • Prosthetics
  • Mirror therapy
  • Injection therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
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