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Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain, or PLP, refers to ongoing painful sensations that seem to be coming from the part of the limb that is no longer there. The limb is gone, but the pain is real. The onset of this pain most often occurs soon after an amputation procedure has been performed.

If you’ve undergone surgery and are still struggling with phantom limb pain, the Physicians have the rehabilitative expertise to help you find the relief you need. With a focus on individualized, patient-first care that uses the latest techniques and technology in the field, we’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan that’s designed to help you find the best possible level of function and pain relief.

Ready to get started on your road to recovery? Contact the Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists today to schedule your first consultation with one of our experts.


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Treatment & Diagnosis of Phantom Limb

The first step in treating phantom limb pain is to consult with a pain management specialist who can accurately diagnose the condition. In order to do so, your physician will ask you questions about the location, frequency, and intensity of your pain. They may also use imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs to rule out other possible causes of your pain.

Once phantom limb pain has been diagnosed, there are a number of treatment options that can be effective in relieving symptoms. These include:

  • Pharmacologic treatments: Medications such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and certain types of painkillers can help to ease phantom limb pain.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help you to retrain your brain to stop perceiving pain in the affected limb. This is typically done through a combination of exercises, massage, and electrical stimulation.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve phantom limb pain. This is usually only done after more conservative methods have been tried, however, as it carries with it a risk of complications.

If you’re struggling with phantom limb pain, the Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with us. We will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that’s designed to provide you with the relief you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes phantom limb pain?

There is no one single cause of phantom limb pain. It is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including changes in the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels near the site of the amputation, as well as psychological factors.

How long does phantom limb pain last?

There is no one answer to this question, as the duration of phantom limb pain can vary from person to person. Some people may only experience it for a short period of time, while others may deal with it for months or even years.

The important thing is to treat phantom limb pain early in order to minimize its effects.

Do you accept insurance for phantom limb treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that cutting-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from phantom limb pain following your surgery, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.