Phantom limb pain is not imaginary

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Amputation is a real possibility after a horrific car crash. The legs, especially, are vulnerable in head-on-collision accidents. Doctors have to perform amputations in cases where it is the last and best option on the table.

Adapting to a new lease of life after losing one of your limbs can be challenging despite the medical advancements in the field. One of the things you may experience is known as phantom limb pain. Loosely translated, it means feeling pain on a body part that does not exist.

What causes phantom limb pain?

For a long time, it was thought that this pain was psychological. However, research has proven otherwise, and phantom limb pain is a reality for millions of people across the country who have had an amputation.

The exact cause is unknown, and different theories exist. Experts believe a mix-up of the signals sent by the nervous system is to blame. Damaged nerve endings may also be a cause, as are the physical memories of pre-amputation pain.

What does treatment entail?

There are various types of treatment courses. It may involve the following three with some examples of each:

  • Medication – Pain killers, enzyme blockers
  • Surgery – Stump revision, Nerve block
  • Therapy – Massage, prosthesis training, mirror therapy

There is no best solution for your case, and it all depends on individual circumstances as per the doctor’s advice.

Protect your legal rights

Anticipating such issues that may develop much later, like phantom limb pain, is critical in protecting your rights. You deserve compensation for both present and future benefits. However, if you are not aware of what you are entitled to receive, you may end up with less than you deserve. Experienced legal guidance can help.


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