I currently work in a physical therapy office, which sees a wide variety of patients. One of the first patients I worked with was a man who recently lost his left leg. I recall him often speaking of phantom limb pain and thought of him when reading about Ben Curry in Chapter 6. This section discussed how the brain, “remembers touch you’ve lost” and specifically phantom limb pain. Phantom limb pain is something, which can be extremely difficult to treat. Recently a new study has been published introducing the effectiveness of introducing cryoablation therapy. This therapy works to freeze the nerve for about 25 minuets to shut down the system feeling the pain. So far this new approach has been studied within a small group of individuals at Emory Saint Josephs Hospital and has shown a high percentage of success. Hopefully this new approach will help ease the pain of many more individuals suffering!
I’ve attached a short video and article which interviews one of the subject who received the treatment and explains the concept pretty well: http://emorymedicinemagazine.emory.edu/issues/2015/fall/briefs/easing-phantom-limb-pain/index.html