How To Treat Phantom Limb Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Spinal cord stimulation might provide relief for symptoms of phantom limb pain. One study was done on four patients who had intractable phantom limb pain. After treatment, all four patients indicated they had reduced pain symptoms. Experts recommend using spinal cord stimulation techniques in situations where normal pain medications aren’t effective enough. This treatment works by stimulating the patient’s nerves. Many individuals have heard of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units, which can be bought at most drugstores and are marketed for muscle pain relief. These units send small electrical currents into the body through sticky patches on the skin. The goal is to interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain. When phantom limb pain is caused by the nervous system sending pain signals, spinal cord stimulation can interrupt the signals when they’re still in the spinal cord, before the brain has a chance to interpret them.

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