What Is Post-Amputation Pain?
Post-amputation pain is a condition where people feel pain and sensations associated with an amputated limb. Immediately after an amputation, it is normal to have pain while recovering from surgery. “Phantom pain” is a sensation of pain in the limb that is no longer there.
Amputation may be needed because of a serious injury (such as a car accident or injury during military combat), diabetes complications, circulation problems, a serious infection, vascular disease or a cancerous tumor. Post-amputation pain can also affect those who have had a mastectomy for breast cancer treatment.
The symptoms of post-amputation pain include:
- Mild to severe sensations or pain in the limb that is no longer there
- Pain in the remaining part of the limb, often caused by a neuroma, which is when a growth at the end of a cut nerve develops following an injury or surgery
Treatment options for post-amputation pain include:
- Injection therapies – Injections to help manage various types of pain include Botox injections, epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac injections and trigger point injections.
- Medication management – Your doctor may recommend medications, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, topical ointments, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anti-epileptics, and weak or strong opioid medications to treat your pain.
- Physical therapy – Exercises can help strengthen and support your muscles and joints.
- Stimulation therapies – Procedures can stimulate the nerves and regulate their signals to reduce pain. We offer dorsal root ganglion stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation.
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