Phantom limb phantom pain and residual pain

Phantom limb is sensation felt at the amputated site which is not painful. Phantom pain is pain felt at the amputated site. Residual pain is stump pain felt at the site of the surgical incision.

Pain felt when wearing a prosthesis could be due to:

• Socket fitting problems

• Inappropriate prosthetic device

• Low pain threshold

Postamputation pain is more likely if the patient has been in pain for a long time before the amputation.

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