Fact file - Phantom Limb Pain

A curated collection of articles and videos about Phantom Limb Pain

Substantial trauma to the musculoskeletal structure of a limb may mean that the most suitable orthopaedic treatment is its surgical removal. However, if there is a neuropathic element to the pain being experienced, amputation may not be effective and can even exacerbate the existing pain further.

How would you describe phantom limb pain?
What are the characteristics of cases?

Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez describes the condition and explains the characteristics of medicolegal cases involving phantom limb pain

Treatment and prognosis of phantom limb pain

A short description of the treatment options and prognosis

Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez discusses the treatment options

A medicolegal perspective

Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez discusses the medicolegal implications

Our pain experts

Dr Chris Jenner has been practising at Imperial College NHS Trust, London as a Consultant in Pain Medicine since 2001 and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer for the Trust. He is the founder and Clinical Director of The London Pain Clinic in Harley Street and has regular clinics in Birmingham and Leeds. He has been an expert witness for over 15 years and his instructions are broadly divided as claimant (55%), defendant (40%) and single joint expert (5%).

Dr Ramos-Galvez has a medicolegal and clinical practice at the Royal Berkshire Hospital as well as regular medico-legal clinics in Leeds and Birmingham. His private practice is at the Spine Dunedin in Reading. He trained in spinal surgery and undertook further training in pain medicine and his understanding of the interactions between these complex areas of medicine means he is often called upon to opine on claims where spinal surgery has led to complications as well as being a leading expert in cases involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, fibromyalgia and a host of other pain conditions.

Dr Rishi Kanna, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, specialises in Spinal, Abdominopelvic and Neuropathic pain, with areas of interest including injections and medical management of spinal pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, nerve pain and spinal cord stimulation. His other clinical interests include post surgical/traumatic pain, chronic primary pain and visceral pain conditions. Dr Khanna is able to opine on a range of areas including quantum, causation and condition and prognosis, including chronic pain after surgery and the medical management of pain following a personal injury.