Phantom limb pain is a medical phenomenon that occurs after amputation of a limb. Patients who have phantom limb pain often describe the sensation as continuing to feel the sensation of the limb that was removed, as well as significant pain at the point of amputation. National Pain Institute offers phantom limb treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is Phantom Limb?
Phantom limb is a unique medical condition that develops after a person has a limb removed by amputation. It is believed to be caused by the active nerve endings at the point of amputation. These nerves appear not only to continue to sense the missing limb, but also to send continuous pain signals to the brain. A person who lives with phantom limb may experience continuous or episodic bouts of excruciating pain. The level of discomfort is somewhat managed with prescription medications, but many patients prefer to avoid the high doses and potential side effects. Interventional pain management is considered a safer and more effective option for treating phantom limb pain.
What Are the Symptoms of Phantom Limb?
Patients with phantom limb often describe the sensations as:
- Feeling heat or cold.
- Pain, which may range from mild to severe.
- Tingling or itching.
What are the Benefits of Treatment for Phantom Limb?
After an amputation you need to focus on rehabilitating your body and learning how to perform daily activities with a prosthetic device. Phantom limb can interfere with these treatments. The primary benefit of interventional management of phantom limb pain is that you can dedicate your energy to getting better and learning new skills.
How is Phantom Limb Treated?
- Steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Vitamin D testing and therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Medications and supplements
What Should I Expect After Treatment for Phantom Limb?
Your pain management physician will explain the expected outcomes of your treatments during the consultation. Generally speaking, the procedure should provide four to six months of pain relief while you undergo physical therapy and other types of treatments. If your phantom limb pain returns, we are more than happy to schedule an appointment for follow-up treatments.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers phantom limb treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.