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The Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain Using Immersive Virtual Reality : Three Case Studies.

Murray, Craig and Pettifer, Stephen and Howard, Toby and Patchick, Emma and Caillette, Fabrice and Kulkarni, Jai and Bamford, Candy (2007) The Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain Using Immersive Virtual Reality : Three Case Studies. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29 (18). pp. 1465-1469. ISSN 0963-8288

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This paper describes the design and implementation of a case-study based investigation using immersive virtual reality as a treatment for phantom limb pain. Method: Three participants who experienced phantom limb pain (two with an upper-limb amputation, and one with a lower-limb amputation) took part in between 2-5 Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) sessions over a three week period. The movements of participants’ anatomical limbs were transposed into the movements of a virtual limb, presented in the phenomenal space of their phantom limb. Results: Preliminary qualitative findings are reported here to assess proof of principle for this IVR equipment. All participants reported the transferral of sensations into the muscles and joints of the phantom limb, and all participants reported a decrease in phantom pain during at least one of the sessions. The authors suggest the need for further research using control trials.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Disability & Rehabilitation, 29 (18), 2007, © Informa Plc
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
    ID Code: 26073
    Deposited By: Dr Craig Murray
    Deposited On: 16 Mar 2009 10:15
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 16:54
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26073

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