Phantom Limb Pain in Beverly Hills
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a painful condition that often occurs after a limb amputation. Patients report experiencing pain in a limb that is no longer there. The pain usually begins soon after surgery and may be experienced by up to 80% of the amputee population.
Even though the limb is no longer present to send pain signals to the brain, the pain experience is still very real. The problem arises from a mix-up in signaling of the nerve input from the absent limb to the spinal cord and brain. When the typical programming and order of the nervous system is damaged, it can result in the experience of real pain.
Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain
The majority of the more advanced treatment options for phantom limb pain involve attempts at reprogramming the signals between the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Treatments often involve a combination of medication, therapy, and interventional approaches.
At Orthopedic Pain Institute, we will develop a highly specialized plan to treat your individualized needs. Schedule your consultation to learn more about phantom limb pain and how we can help you.