The Limb Pain ( Plp ) And Propose An Alternate Form Of Treatment For Plp Using Prosthetic Limbs

1387 Words Apr 5th, 2015 6 Pages
In this paper, we will discuss phantom limb pain (PLP) and propose an alternate form of treatment for PLP using prosthetic limbs. We will discuss two key ways in which prosthetics can be improved—through the use of 3D printed materials and the integration of electrical input and feedback systems—and refitted as PLP treatment. We will also describe the practical advantages of using prosthetics as a form of medical treatment and provide criticism of currently used treatment methods, such as mirror therapy and virtual reality (VR) therapy via the Oculus headset. In addition, we will explore four research studies that provide empirical evidence in support of the main argument, which is laid out in the Discussion section.
II. Introduction
Amputation can be debilitating in several ways. Not only do patients experience a physical loss of self and the accompanying emotional turmoil, but nearly 80% of amputees are plagued by sensations of pain originating from the limb long after its removal (Dzierla, 2014). In theory, such pain should not exist. This unique phenomenon is known as phantom limb pain (PLP). PLP is commonly treated using medication and mirror box therapy, which creates the illusion that the missing limb is present. The purpose of mirror therapy is to help the patient perceive the presence of a¬¬ non-existent limb (Borel, 2012). However, this treatment is impractical for reasons to be explored later. Nevertheless, the same neurological effect that makes mirror therapy…

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