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[Comment] Augmented reality for treatment of phantom limb pain—are we there yet?

20:24 EST 1 Dec 2016 | The Lancet

Phantom limb pain after limb loss is intractable and disabling in almost a third of cases.1 Patients with phantom limb pain after amputation typically have poorer quality of life, worse disability, poorer mental health, and greater difficulty in prosthesis use than amputee patients without phantom pain.2 The huge range of potential treatments for such pain—including medical, surgical, psychological, and behavioural treatments targeting the peripheral, spinal, and central mechanisms implicated in phantom limb pain3—is testament to the enormous challenges in effective management of this condition.

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