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Amputee Life — Pain Management

How Limb Loss Affects the Brain

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Unlike other animals, humans are constantly developing. This is why we need our parents’ protection in the first phase of life. This is also why our experiences have the power to make our brains adapt, change, and modify in function and structure throughout life. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity, and it plays a part in how people suffering from phantom limb pain can overcome it.

Mirror box therapy can retrain the brain to stop phantom limb pain.

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Low-Dose Naltrexone May Offer Phantom Pain Relief

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The treatments for chronic pain are as diverse as the causes, and phantom limb pain is no exception. Physicians have long depended on big-name opioid drugs to relieve pain, but there is another promising treatment that can alleviate phantom pain without unwanted side effects: small doses of naltrexone.

Low-dose naltrexone may relieve phantom limb pain.

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Relieving Pain From Prosthesis Use With Heat and Cold Therapy

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Heat and cold therapy can be highly effective for several conditions and injuries, such as pulled muscles, arthritis, and inflammation. The best part is that these treatments are affordable and can be done at home. The tricky part is knowing what situations call for cold and which calls for hot. Sometimes a single issue will require both.

Relieve pain caused by using your prosthetic limb with heat or cold therapy.

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Is Heat or Cold Therapy Better for Back Pain Relief?

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Most adults experience back pain at some point. Although we still highly encourage seeing a doctor for chronic back pain, one of the tried-and-tested treatments you can do at home is applying heat or cold therapy. But how do you know when to use either?

Know when to use cold or heat therapy for back pain relief.

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How To Choose the Best Shoes for Back Pain

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The shoes you wear impact your back health. Certain soles help support posture, while other shoes help make walking a breeze. However, with all the shoe options we have available, it isn’t easy to figure out which shoe is the best for you. This article discusses the types of footwear you need to avoid (especially if you’re using a prosthetic limb) and the shoes you need to wear more to mitigate back pain.

Reduce your back pain by wearing the right shoes.

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