Phantom Limb Pain
Phantom limb pain is pain that comes from an area where an amputated limb used to be. This pain comes when an amputee continues to have an awareness of the lost limb and feels sensations from it; this pain can be excruciating. Phantom limb pains and sensations have also been present in children born without a particular limb, thus suggesting that the existence or lack thereof of a limb is hardwired into our brains, along with the sensations that would be felt by those limbs. New treatments are available for this, especially as we better understand the brain’s role in pain. It is very difficult to treat this pain, but here at Wasatch Pain Solutions our combined training in Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology help us to understand what the typical amputee is suffering and when pharmacologic and traditional non-pharmacologic therapies do not help, we employ minimally invasive procedures that help reduce or eliminate this pain all together.