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How is it possible to feel a phantom limb?
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: See below
Sensation from the body travels from the "outside in" meaning the impulse starts in the limb and travels through nerves to the spinal cord and then into the brain where we "feel".
When a limb is amputated, the nerves to that limb are cut the nerves are still in the part of the limb that remains. When they are stimulated, the brain still interprets the impulses as coming from the amputated part.

In brief: See below
Sensation from the body travels from the "outside in" meaning the impulse starts in the limb and travels through nerves to the spinal cord and then into the brain where we "feel".
When a limb is amputated, the nerves to that limb are cut the nerves are still in the part of the limb that remains. When they are stimulated, the brain still interprets the impulses as coming from the amputated part.
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