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  • Phantom Limb Research Paper

    Undergoing an amputation generates sufficient trauma in and of itself, adding to the shock is the experience of excruciating pain caused by a limb or other body part that is no longer attached to the body, this disturbance can prove to be not only exasperating but extraordinarily frightening as well. This strange phenomenon, of experiencing a limb that has been removed from the body, is referred to as a “phantom limb.” Around “90 percent of amputees worldwide” have experienced these puzzling sensations. Interestingly, at times, the limb is sensed as having mobility and at others is sensed to be paralyzed. Amputees have conveyed they are subjected to a “tingling sensation,” that pervades the entirety of the limb that is missing, giving a…

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  • Disadvantages Of Musculoskeletal Dysfunctions

    Abstract: Musculoskeletal dysfunctions such as osteoarthritis and low back pain are commonly seen among transfemoral amputees (TFAs), and are considered as secondary disabilities among amputees. The amputation surgery changes the biomechanics of transfemoral amputees abruptly. It is not unusual that the gait deviation in TFAs is commonly observed and the primary cause is muscle weakness. The amputation leads to the loss of muscle distal insertion sites and the change of muscle’s moment arm, thus…

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  • Consequences Of Limb Trauma

    Limb deficiencies resulting from traumatic amputation are a specialized form of trauma. They often do not occur in children, and as such, can be difficult to handle. This trauma is also specifically labor intensive because it affects the child as whole: physically, emotionally, and psychologically. These consequences are persistent, occurring as soon as the trauma does, and continuing long after into the lives of the child and parents. These also mean that the child will require care in…

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  • The Explanation Of The Phantom Limb Phenomenon

    amputated limb is still present and phantom limb pain is most commonly seen following the amputation of the arm or leg. The pain felt, may be related to physical or psychological factors, including the weather, or emotional stress, (Flor, 2002). Phantom limb is frequently apparent with physical pain, and this occurs in 50% – 80% of amputees, (Flor, 2002). The pain felt by these amputees can be described as stabbing, burning, tingling, or throbbing. Research has been conducted into understanding…

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  • Physical Advancement In Prosthetics

    Background As technology continues to advance, the use of prosthetics will become more and more common. According to Niman (2013), in the past 23 years, prosthetics have went from placeholders for limbs to functional devices that allow people with amputations to excel at various activities. An example of the advancement in prosthetics can be observed in various types of sports since athletes with prosthetics are able to compete (Niman, 2013). With the increase of people using prosthetics there…

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  • Importance Of Patient Teaching

    did not know what an Aura was. Although she has been living with this condition her whole life, apparently she has never received information about things that can let her know she is about to start seizing. As soon as I finished assessing her knowledge on the condition, I started to provide teaching about recognizing an Aura and ways for her to prevent injuries to herself. I explained to her the importance of having a safe environment when a seizure is approaching in order to avoid injuries. At…

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  • Essay On Phantom Limb

    There are approximately 2 million people living in the United States who have undergone an amputation, and of those 2 million, up to 60-90% suffer from phantom limb sensations or phantom limb pain. Interestingly, these sensations do not seem to always fade with time as a patient adjusts to the loss of a limb, but as many as 70% report phantom sensations several years after the loss of the limb (Hanley et al., 2009; Foell, Berkrater-Bodmann, Diers, & Flor, 2014; Preissler et al.,2012;…

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  • Factors Of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Introduction Diabetic foot ulcers are rated as one of the principal causes of diabetes mellitus hospitalization in the US and worldwide. Diabetic foot disease causes complications which account for huge medical expenses. For instance, in the UK, it is reported that NHS spends five million pounds annually on diabetes foot ulcers. Studies show that 100 patients lose their lower limb of their foot as a result of diabetic foot disorders (Nicholas, 2013). Diabetic foot ulcers result into amputations.…

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  • Proprioceptive Memory Theory Essay

    The Proprioceptive Memory Theory suggests that the pain felt before the amputation creates pain memories within the brain that directly influence the discomfort felt after the amputation by continuing to send pain signals to the brain even when the limb no longer exists (Virani 46). Again, this theory follows the generalization made at the beginning of this essay, furthering the idea that when a hardship is encountered, the brain tries to continue as before the occurrence. Vilayanur S.…

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  • Phantom Limb Pain Case Study

    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…

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