This winter has been a history-making, record-breaking one, and we can thank the Winter Olympics for a large part of that! Did you see the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team take to the ice for the opening preliminary match against Switzerland? It marked the first time the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea came together to field a team at the Winter Olympics. The capacity-filled hockey center cheered in unity for their team, but you have to imagine the cheers had much deeper meaning than just a hockey game.
Phantom limp pain is an occurrence for many who have had a limb amputated. Mild to extreme pain can be felt in the area where the amputation occurred, and for some the pain sensations will disappear or decrease over time. However, there are some who suffer with phantom limb pain for months and years on end. In the past, the prognosis for improvement was poor. Now thanks to the qualified physicians at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians are able to help patients who suffer from Phantom Limb Pain find long term pain relief.
Although a limb has been removed, there are still nerves at the site of an amputation. These nerves have had to be cut through the amputation process, but because nerves are active within the body they still send signals to the brain. Often times, the signals that they send are of pain, tingling, temperature changes, and cramping. Any sensation that the full limb could have felt prior to amputation can be felt after a limb has been amputated. At Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians, our dual board certified physicians use the latest minimally invasive techniques to help our patients find relief from Phantom Limb Pain.
Treatments for Phantom Limb Pain are targeted at interrupting the pain signals from the amputated limb to the brain. Treatment plans vary from person to person because they are based off of a person's individual level of pain. Multiple treatments can be combined to create the optimal treatment plan, and some treatments include:
• Physical Therapy
• TENS (transutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
• Surgery to remove scar tissue
If you are suffering from Phantom Limb Pain, contact Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians today to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our physicians. All of our patients are given personalized care based on their specific needs.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Armin Oskouei, Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians
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