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Phantom Limb Pain: Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What is Phantom Limb Pain?

Phantom limb pain is pain in a limb that is no longer attached to the body.  This pain is coming from the brain and spinal cord.  The brain recognizes the body’s nerves and adjusts to the changes of the amputation.  Pain and symptoms may get weaker and weaker, but may not fully subside.  Some individuals may even develop neuromas on the amputated nerves, blood clots, pnemoina, psychological problems, and slow wound healing.  Determination of phantoms limb treatment depends on patients pain level and symptoms.   

Causes of Phantom Limb Pain 

The amputated limb has nerve endings in the are of the amputation which continue to send pain and sensation signals to the brain and spinal cord even though the limb is gone.  This causes for that pain and sensation to be felt as if the limb were still there.  The brain’s memory of the sensation of that limb is retained.  

Phantom Limb Pain Symptoms 

  1. A sensation in the limb that was amputated such as tingling, cramping, hot or cold, and pain in general 
  2. Sensation as if the limb is moving in a weird position or getting shorter. 

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment 

ASTR treats phantom limb pain in a gentle, effective, and natural way by addressing muscle imbalances, scar tissue, trigger points,  fascia restrictions, inflammation, posture, body mechanics which are often the source of the pain. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. ASTR treatment can be done at home for phantom limb pain.

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