Breakthrough in mitigating Phantom Limb Pain
At Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark, researchers have conceived a new method to ease phantom limb pain. Many amputees must endure phantom limb pain, so a new discovery to alleviate this by even a little bit is groundbreaking.
Limb loss is a life changing event, and the burning, shooting, crushing, or twisting pain at the site of the missing limb does not make it any bit easy. Although the exact cause of phantom limb pain is unknown, researchers strongly believe that it is the result of the brain and spinal cord rewiring when they lose signals from the missing limb. When this happens, the brain sends pain signals to indicate that the body senses something is wrong. The pain can make it hard to carry out even the simplest of activities, like sitting and watching tv with a loved one. But… good news! Recently, there have been some remarkable breakthroughs. VR technology discovered a methodology to ease phantom limb pain by fooling the brain into thinking it is still in control of a missing limb. During this test an amputee wears VR goggles and a glove on the intact hand while performing activities that require the use of both hands, for instance pushing a couple of buttons. While this is happening, electrical impulses are consistently stimulating the residual hand, which is meant to mimic the sensation of the missing limb. After some promising results, we are very confident that research of this type may be one huge leap toward relief for phantom limb pain.
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