In the study, published in December 1, 2016 edition of , 14 patients underwent 12 treatment sessions involving 'phantom motor execution', an idea based on mirror therapy (when reflections of the unaffected limb are used to make it appear as though the patient is moving their missing limb).All of the patients, who had not gotten relief from other treatments, had begun experiencing phantom limb pain soon after they had their arm amputated between 2 and 36 years ago.[ Back to List ] Following your discharge by the hospital, you may have to attend follow-up appointments to discuss your situation at home, how well you are coping with the arrangements, and whether you have identified further help, support or equipment that you now realise are needed.
If for example, you suffer from a heart condition, the decision may be made that it would be more appropriate for you to use a cosmetic limb.
Amputees who experience phantom limb pain could have a new treatment option.
Scientists from Sweden, led by Assistant Professor Max Ortiz Catalan of the Chalmers University of Technology, have found that moving and seeing a phantom limb in augmented reality can alleviate such pain.
You may receive treatment such as physiotherapy, including balance techniques if you have lost a leg, or desensitisation to help you become familiar with touching your wound.
This time will also allow you, your family, and your care professionals to assess your on-going care requirements, and carry out any modifications that need to be made to your home or transport to allow you to live as independently as possible, particularly if you live alone.