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Phatom Limb Pain

Phantom Limb Pain Located Kenosha, WI

Phantom limb pain is a condition that occurs after a person has had an amputation of a limb or body part. Even though the limb is no longer there, the individual experiences pain, discomfort, or other sensations in the missing limb. This pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, and it can significantly affect a person’s quality of life.

Causes of Phantom Limb Pain

The exact cause of phantom limb pain is not yet fully understood, but it is believed to be related to the way the brain perceives pain signals. After an amputation, the brain still receives pain signals from the nerves that used to provide sensation to the missing limb. These signals can cause the brain to interpret the pain as if it is coming from the missing limb, leading to phantom limb pain.

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment

There are several treatment options available for phantom limb pain. The best treatment plan depends on the severity of the pain and the individual’s specific needs. Some common treatment options include:

  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to alleviate phantom limb pain. In more severe cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
  • Mirror therapy: This therapy involves using a mirror to create an illusion that the missing limb is still there. The individual watches the reflection of their intact limb while performing movements that the missing limb would have made. This can help to reduce phantom limb pain.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): This therapy involves placing electrodes on the skin near the amputated limb and delivering a low-level electrical current. TENS can help to reduce phantom limb pain by disrupting pain signals to the brain.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This therapy involves working with a therapist to develop coping skills and strategies for managing phantom limb pain. CBT can help to reduce anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions associated with phantom limb pain.

Most interventional pain procedures are done at the onsite procedure suite. 

Don’t let phantom limb pain keep you from living your life. Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to help you achieve pain relief and improve your overall well-being. Call Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center or book an appointment online today.