Combined treatment techniques on phantom limb pain
By combining a number of treatment methods that have had some success in treating phantom limb pain, the outcome of this study showed improved outcomes. Nevertheless, more follow up would appear to be necessary to maintain the results.
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a condition amputees often suffer from. To date, there are no recognised standards or guidlines for treatement of pathological phantom symptoms.
This study looks at combining some methods that have already been investigated, with the goal of creating an effective comprehensive treatment method.
The SantaLucia Alleviation Intervention for Phantom in Amputees’ Neurorehabilitation (SAIPAN) technique combined guided progressive muscular relaxation techniques, imagined movement and movement mirroring exercises. The results were compared to a control group.
Reductions in the rate and duration of PLP, and a reduction in Phantom Limb sensation (PLS) were seen over the full duration of the protocol. However, results taken one month post completion support a need for ongoing treatment.
The researchers highlight that the population of amputees tested included a high percentage of amputees due to diabetic and vascular causes, which may impact the results.
This article refers to the progressive muscilar rexation technique “the body scan’. What technique do you find the most effective?
> From: Brunelli et al., Arch Phys Med Rehabil 96 (2016) 181-187. All rights reserved to the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Click here for the Pubmed summary.