Phantom Limb Pain
When a leg or limb is amputated, the nerves that connected the limb to the spinal cord and brain still exist. If these nerves are damaged or irritated, they can continue to send sensation signals to the brain, even when the limb is no longer present. Phantom limb pain is a frustrating condition that can impact amputees, causing chronic leg pain. At Ospina Medical, we have experienced interventional pain specialists who offer effective phantom limb pain treatment at our clinic in NYC.
It is estimated that 80% or more of amputees experience some level of phantom limb pain. The nerve signals from the missing limb continue firing signals to the brain, interpreted as pain, pressure, cramping, temperature and other sensations. Typically, these episodes of sensation from the amputated limb occur in the weeks and months following the loss of the limb, decreasing in length and frequency with time. However, there are patients who continue to suffer from phantom limb pain for years, requiring treatment for relief.
Pain Relief from Phantom Limb Syndrome
If you have chronic pain and sensation in a missing limb, it is called phantom limb syndrome. The pain you feel is real, but the appendage is no longer there to treat with ice packs, heat or other direct methods. To effectively relieve this type of chronic nerve pain without masking it with dangerous narcotics or opioid medications, the pain signals to the brain need to be interrupted.
Neuromodulation and injection therapy are options for effective phantom limb pain treatment. Our focus at Ospina Medical is giving our patients with chronic pain treatment options to reduce use of opioids. We utilize advanced treatments, like spinal cord stimulation and other nerve applications, to give our patients relief.
If you have chronic phantom limb syndrome and want to explore treatment options, contact us at Ospina Medical today. We offer cutting-edge pain management treatments at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.