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Investigating the efficacy of a virtual mirror box in treating phantom limb pain in a sample of chronic sufferers.

Murray, Craig and Patchick, Emma and Pettifer, Stephen and Howard, T. and Caillette, Fabrice and Kulkarni, Jai and Bamford, Candy (2006) Investigating the efficacy of a virtual mirror box in treating phantom limb pain in a sample of chronic sufferers. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 5 (3). pp. 227-234.

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Abstract

This paper describes a pilot study to evaluate the efficacy of using immersive virtual reality (IVR) to treat phantom limb pain. This work builds upon prior research using a mirror box (in which the amputee sees a mirror image of their remaining anatomical limb in the phenomenal space of their amputated limb) to induce vivid sensations of movement originating from the muscles and joints of their phantom limb and to relieve pain. The IVR system likewise transposes movements of amputees’ anatomical limbs into movements of a virtual limb. Participants used the IVR system on a weekly basis over a 2.5 month period. Because of the small sample size (n = 5), the primary focus here is on a qualitative analysis of interview data with each participant throughout the study. We argue that the findings of this work make a case for proof of principle for this approach for phantom pain treatment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal on Disability and Human Development
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 26074
Deposited By: Dr Craig Murray
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2009 10:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26074

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