Management of phantom limb pain

Kate MacIver, Donna Lloyd

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    This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the management of chronic phantom limb pain (PLP) as it relates to the patient in the prosthesis clinic. The chapter begins with phantom pain assessment. Pharmacological therapies commonly used in the treatment of PLP will be discussed, with a review of the literature relating to success or otherwise of these medications. The side-effects of the drugs are highlighted, and the necessary advice to be given to patients is provided. What follows is a review of non-pharmacological therapies, beginning with Neuromodulation (TENS, spinal cord and deep brain stimulation). Psychological aspects of treatment are identified-how to recognise psychological distress; how to know when to refer on for psychological treatment and useful psychological interventions. The chapter concludes with suggestions for the holistic management of patients suffering from PLP. The role of mental imagery is highlighted. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective|Amputation, Prosthes. Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspect.
    Place of PublicationNew York.
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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