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Korean J Pain 2012; 25(4): 272-274

Published online October 31, 2012 https://doi.org/10.3344/kjp.2012.25.4.272

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Mirror Therapy for Phantom Limb Pain

Sae Young Kim, MD*, and Yun Young Kim, MD

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.

Correspondence to: Sae Young Kim, MD. Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, 194 Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 700-712, Korea. Tel: +82-53-250-7587, Fax: +82-53-250-7240, mandell@naver.com

Received: June 28, 2012; Revised: July 9, 2012; Accepted: July 10, 2012

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Phantom limb pain is a painful sensation that is perceived in a body part that no longer exists. To control this pain, many methods have been used such as medication, physical treatment, nerve block, neuromodulation, surgical treatment and mirror therapy. However, until now, there effects have been uncertain. We report the successful reduction of phantom limb pain using mirror therapy when other treatments initially failed to control the pain.

Keywords: amputation, mirror neurons, phantom limb pain