A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached. Approximately 60 to 80% of individuals with an amputation experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful. Phantom sensations may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g. after amputation of the breast, extraction of a tooth (phantom tooth pain) or removal of an eye (phantom eye syndrome).
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN DIAGNOSED?
Although there is no medical test to diagnose Phantom Limb Pain, however, a General Surgeon can identify the condition by examining the symptoms.
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN TREATED?
Besides medication, Phantom Limb Pain can be treated by injections, implanted devices and surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most common case of Phantom Limb Pain is in people whose legs or arms have been amputated.