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Why Amputees Get Virtual Reality Limbs

Amputees can sometimes feel pain where their limb once used to be. This is tricky to stop, as the pain coming from the brain. Trace explains some new research on how these individuals can play virtual reality games to help ease this pain!

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Phantom Limb Patients Treated in Virtual Reality

“Leading researchers in Sweden have found that rigging up amputees to virtual reality computer games can help ease the pain caused by their phantom limbs.”

Augmented Reality Could Help Amputees With Phantom Limb Pain

“An augmented-reality racing game has given a 72-year-old amputee relief from phantom limb pain for the first time since 1965, Wired UK reports.”

Treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) based on augmented reality and gaming controlled by myoelectric pattern recognition: a case study of a chronic PLP patient
“A variety of treatments have been historically used to alleviate phantom limb pain (PLP) with varying efficacy.”

Phantom Limb Pain

“After one of your limbs is amputated, you may feel as if the limb is still there. This is called phantom sensation.”

Virtual-Reality Therapy

“Patients can get relief from pain or overcome their phobias by immersing themselves in computer-generated worlds.”

Mirror Therapy for Phantom Limb Pain

“Phantom limb pain occurs in at least 90% of limb amputees.”

Using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD

“Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is being examined as another way to help people recover from the PTSD. Before presenting information on VRET, it is first important to understand what is involved in exposure therapy.”

Virtual Reality Therapy for Phobias

“The Virtual Reality (VR) Treatment Program at the Duke Faculty Practice offers a new human-computer interaction form of therapy for individuals with anxiety disorders due to fear of heights, elevators, thunderstorms, public speaking and flying.”

5 Therapeutic Ways To Use Virtual Reality



“Our favorite ways to imagine using virtual reality can be a little aspirational.”

Limb Loss Statistics

“There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States.”

The Mirror Cure for Phantom Pain

“Phantom limbs (an often painful sensation that an amputated limb is still part of the body) affect approximately 40 to 80 percent of all amputees.”

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