Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain and Knee Flexion Contracture due to Transtibial Amputation: A Case Study
This case study evaluated the effectiveness of a combination of visual mirror therapy for phantom limb pain desensitization in conjunction with a physical therapy regimen of therapeutic exercise, short-wave diathermy, and gait training in a 66-year-old male with left lower extremity amputation.
Through a combination of mirror therapy, short-wave diathermy over the hamstring musculature, and therapeutic exercise, the patient displayed an overall improvement in left lower limb knee flexion contracture and a reduction in perceived phantom limb pain.The patient can now tolerate full weight bearing through this extremity from an improved fit of the prosthesis socket. Throughout the course of terapy, the patient’s knee extension ROM improved most significantly after mirror therapy.
Phantom Limbs, Pain, Mirror Therapy, Amputation, Lower Extremity
Medical Subject Headings
Phantom Limb, Pain, Male, Aged, Lower Extremity, Amputation, Physical Therapy,
Smead, Kristin and Leigel, Donna, "Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain and Knee Flexion Contracture due to Transtibial Amputation: A Case Study" (2019). Miami, Fall 2019. 3.