Phantom Limb Pain Syndrome

Phantom limb pain is the perception of sensations, usually pain, in a limb that has been amputated. Patients with this condition experience the limb as if it were still attached to their body as the brain continues to receive messages from nerves that originally carried nerve impulses from the missing limb. The exact cause of phantom limb pain syndrome is unknown. It is presumed that the sensations are due to the brain's attempt to reorganize sensory information following the amputation. The brain is unable "rewire" itself to adjust to the body's change. Symptoms are most commonly pain, but can include sensations of clothing, or as if the limb were present and moving.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.