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Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain is pain that feels as if it’s coming from a body part that is no longer present. Although once thought to be a psychological disorder, phantom limb pain is actual pain stemming from the brain and spinal cord. Phantom limb pain can appear within the first week after an amputation or be delayed. Chronic pain, especially experienced in a limb that is no longer there, can have a major adverse effect on quality of life and mental health. At UT Health Austin, we are determined to relieve your pain so you can focus on what matters most.

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment at UT Health Austin

There is no medical test to diagnose phantom limb pain, but our team of medical experts are able to identify the condition based on your medical history, description of symptoms and a physical examination. Depending on the severity of your pain, a treatment plan may include medication and noninvasive treatments such as mirror therapy. More invasive treatment options, such as a trial of spinal cord stimulation, may also be considered. Whatever treatment you may need, your care team is here to help you find relief from your pain through an individualized plan.

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes a Pain Medicine Physician, Interventional Pain Management Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist, and Pharmacist to treat your needs. Our team is here to listen and collaborate to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.