Pain management in patients following limb amputation
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Pain management in patients following limb amputation

Suzanne Chapman Clinical nurse specialist, Pain management, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

Phantom limb pain is common in patients who have amputations. This article outlines the different theories that explain the pathophysiology of phantom limb pain, including peripheral, spinal and central mechanisms. Treatment options are targeted at addressing these mechanisms, combining analgesic techniques with physical and psychological rehabilitation.

Nursing Standard. 25, 19,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.01.25.19.35.c8269