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Amputee's 'Phantom Limb' Pain Eased by Virtual Arm Technology

March 05, 2014

A unique way to possibly treat the intense pain of phantom limb syndrome has been invented -- by creating a virtual world for an amputee to enter via computer. Within that world, the patient controlled a "virtual arm" and apparently relieved his pain by tricking his brain into thinking his body was whole again, according to a new report. It's not clear if the virtual treatment will reduce pain in anyone else who suffers from the mysterious phantom limb condition, and no one knows if the effects are permanent. The cost isn't known, either. To read more, click here

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