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What is phantom limb pain?

A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached. Often this can be a painless sensation. For others there can be pain involved ranging from itching and pins and needles to stabbing pains, burning and pressure sensations. For some there can be significant and even lifelong pain involved.


No one is completely sure but the most popular theory is that the brain “re-wires” after amputation, and, realising that something isn’t right, sends pain messages.


Phantom Limb Pain is complex and the right treatment can often be a combination of different types of medication combined with various non-medication treatments. These treatments can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Mirror box therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Virtual reality therapy
  • Imagery
  • Music
  • Spinal cord stimulation

There are plenty of options and with our experience and access to pain management expertise we can help you find the right combination for you.

How we can help

Our team of experienced lawyers specialise in amputation claims. They can be complex and challenging. We have successfully pursued claims for damages for many families who have been through similar experiences to you.

We know how important it is that the team acting on your behalf will ensure the best outcome for you and your family following the traumatic events you have been through.



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