Solving phantom limb pain – science is getting closer

Study offers hope for sufferers, with new technique successfully relieving pain for up to a week

After amputation of an arm, most amputees report vivid and continuous sensations of their missing limb. Some can even move their missing hand as if it were still there.

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For many amputees, though, these sensations are painful and, unfortunately, there are no effective treatments for this pain.

How could pain arise from a missing hand — and what can we do about it?

Our brains contain a detailed map of our body that allows us to move and feel as we explore our world. Our brain is also a dynamic organ, adapting and changing to experience.

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