Phantom Limb Pain
Phantom limb pain is when you feel pain from a limb that is no longer attached to the body. The phantom limb pain comes from the spinal cord and brain. The sensations are due to the brain reorganizing the body’s nerves adjusting to the changes from the amputation. These sensation may slowly get weaker and weaker, however they may not ever go away completely. For complications, some individuals may develop neuromas on the amputated nerves, blood clots, pneumonia, psychological problems, and slow wound healing. Treatment for phantom limb pain is determined based on the patient’s pain level and variety of treatments may be combined.
Conditions that Causes Phantom Limb
The removed limb has nerve endings in the area of the amputation, which continue to send sensation and pain signals to the spinal cord and brain that makes the brain think the limb is still there. Furthermore, the brain’s memory of the sensation of that limb is retained.
Phantom Limb Pain Symptoms
- Any sensation in the limb that was removed such as tingling, cramping, pain, heat, or cold.
- The missing limb is moving, in a weird position, or getting shorter.
Treatment for Phantom Limb Pain
In order to relieve phantom limb pain symptoms, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve phantom limb pain symptoms:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with phantom limb pain. Cold laser is used in order to decrease pain in the phantom limb area.
Call us today to start the journey of pain relief!