Socks 'help reduce phantom limb pain'

Published: 03rd March 2015

Socks 'help reduce phantom limb pain'

Socks made from a special fabric can be used to treat phantom limb pain.

New research shows that socks using Umbrellan technology - a knitted fabric material created in Germany combining elasticity with an electromagnetic screen - helps to reduce the pain commonly experienced by amputees.

The eight participants each kept a daily record over the course of nine weeks. Six of them experienced less phantom limb pain after wearing the socks. One patient had phantom limb pain equal to pre-study levels and the other experienced increased phantom limb pain.

Qualitative data gathered from questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study, plus four months down the line, showed a meaningful reduction in pain for all of the participants.

The findings, which were presented at the American Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting, could be good news for amputees as 80% to 85% of patients will encounter phantom limb pain at some point after amputation.

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