Saturday, November 15, 2014

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment

As a fan of the show Grey's Anatomy, an interesting storyline happened when one of the characters had her leg amputated. She experienced phantom pains in her leg and used the mirror therapy method to remove some of this pain. I wanted to look into this further and it seems to be working with many people. Phantom limb pain appears  from the brain's inability to establish and maintain a connection with a certain part of the body. It is amazing how the mind works and how it decides to feel or release physical pain from its body. Here is one example of a real life amputee, and the character on the TV show. (start at 4:45)

1 comment:

  1. I, too, love Grey's Anatomy! This show was specifically intriguing for me. It is so interesting to understand how phantom limb works with the brain even when someone is well-aware of not having that limb anymore. I really hope this treatment continues to work because it's bad enough for these people to lose a limb, let alone still feel pain in said non-existing limb.