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What's the most natural treatment for phantom limb?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mirror therapy

There have been a few studies on this and it was even in an episode of house!.
It involves using an optical illusion with a mirror to make it seem like the amputated limb is still there. You then contract and move the remaining limb while looking at the mirror. It changes your perception of the amputated side and over time may help to "rewire the brain" look up mirror therapy for more details.

In brief: Mirror therapy

There have been a few studies on this and it was even in an episode of house!.
It involves using an optical illusion with a mirror to make it seem like the amputated limb is still there. You then contract and move the remaining limb while looking at the mirror. It changes your perception of the amputated side and over time may help to "rewire the brain" look up mirror therapy for more details.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Many Options Exist

There are many interventions that have been used that do not involve systemic medicines or surgery, with mixed effects.
These include acupuncture, local injections of pain medicines, psychotherapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, proper prosthesis choice, far infrared ray therapy, mirror feedback therapy and transcutaneous nerve stimulation are some of the more studied alternative therapies.

In brief: Many Options Exist

There are many interventions that have been used that do not involve systemic medicines or surgery, with mixed effects.
These include acupuncture, local injections of pain medicines, psychotherapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, proper prosthesis choice, far infrared ray therapy, mirror feedback therapy and transcutaneous nerve stimulation are some of the more studied alternative therapies.
Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Thank
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