Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effectiveness of Farabloc technology with Mirror Therapy in reducing phantom limb pain in individuals with a unilateral lower extremity vascular amputation
by Houston, Helen, M.S., East Carolina University, 2012, 109; 1510513
Abstract (Summary)

Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of combining two interventions, Farabloc technology to eliminate electromagnetic fields and Mirror Therapy to assist in the sensory cortex reorganization, to decrease or eliminate phantom limb pain in vascular amputees.

Methods:Fourteen older adults with a unilateral vascular amputation participated in the study. Nine individuals started the intervention within 48 hours of surgery and were compared to five individuals who were approximately 18 months post-surgery. Measures of residual limb edema and temperature, phantom limb pain variables, activities of daily living and quality of life interference were completed pre and post intervention and 4 weeks after the end of therapy.

Results: All fourteen subjects reported an overall decrease in phantom limb pain using a visual analogue scale. For the acute group, wound healing and edema reduction decreased time to prosthetic fitting from 12 weeks to eight weeks, significant for improving functional ambulation, return to work and decreasing wheelchair mobility dependence. Activities of daily living and quality of life variables both showed significant differences.

Conclusion: Use of this combined treatment protocol shows promising results for not only acute amputee intervention, but also improved perception of pain and improved quality of life for amputees with chronic phantom limb pain. Implications for activities of daily living and quality of life are discussed.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dickerson, Anne
Commitee: Trujillo, Leonard G., Wu, Qiang
School: East Carolina University
Department: Occupational Therapy
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Electromagnetics
Keywords: Activities of daily living, Electromagnetic fields, Mirror therapy, Phantom limb pain, Quality of life, Vascular amputation
Publication Number: 1510513
ISBN: 9781267339362
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