Short term effect of post surgical treatment by mirror therapy of phantom limb pain

Project No. FF-FR 0210




- Measurement of the short term effect of post surgical/post-opterative mirror therapy concerning pain intensity of patients with upper or lower amputation in comparison to standard occupational/physical therapy
- Hypothesis: patients in the intervention group (mirror therapy) suffer from significant less phantom limb pain and a lower pain frequency within a follow-up period of four to eight weeks


- Design: multicenter, prospective, randomized controlled trial
- Participants: 70, 35 per intervention and control group
- Intervention group: treatment sessions of 60 minutes with mirror therapy over a period of 14 days starting directly post surgical (24 to 48 hours)
- Control group: receive treatment session of 60 minutes with the same treatment frequency over a period of 14 days:

> Measurement tools - Primary objectives
> pain intensity (11 point NRS, phantom limb intensity)
> pain frequency (amount of pain attacks)
> Measurement tools - Secondary objectives
> diary
> daily assessment of mirror and physical therapy sessions

- Anlaysis:
- in significant differences between the groups a covariance analysis will be performed
- comparison of medians

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Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • BG Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil Bochum

-cross sectoral-

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Description, key words:

mirror therapy, phantom limb pain