What is Phantom Limb Syndrome?

Understanding Phantom Limb Syndrome

After having an appendage amputated, it’s not all that uncommon for patients to experience aches and pains that feel as if they’re affecting the lost limb. The experts at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas are here to provide a comprehensive overview of this commonly experienced neurological health issue.

What is Phantom Limb Syndrom?

Phantom limb syndrome is a neurological condition that affects about 80-100% of amputees. This condition is characterized by experiencing sensations affecting the arm, leg, hand, or foot that no longer exits.

Why Does Phantom Limb Syndrome Happen?

Once the limb has been amputated, the nerve endings at the amputation site continue to send pain signals to the brain as if the body part is still intact. In other instances, patients may experience pain only affecting the site of amputation, referring to this as “stump” pain.

Common Symptoms

Although the severity of symptoms can range from moderate to chronic, here are some of the most common symptoms associated with phantom limb syndrome:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Tingling
  • Cramping
  • Burning
  • Squeezing
  • Heat
  • Cold

While symptoms can be a minor annoyance for some, In many instances, phantom limb pain can even be debilitating if left untreated.

Neuropathy Treatment in Addison & Tyler

Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain, tingling, and numbness that negatively affect your quality of life. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on drug therapy to simply manage your pain; advanced technology can help to address the root of the problem. At Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas we provide our patients with drug-free, customized treatment plans that utilize electric cell signaling treatment (ECST to help regenerate damaged nerve tissue.

Don’t continue to put up with your neuropathy symptoms. Call (972) 441-5634 to schedule an appointment with our team of specialists today.