Post Amputation Chronic Pain Profile and Management

  • Jai Kulkarni
  • Kate Grady


The pain profile following amputation is complex and can be considered as an amalgam of acute post-operative pain, nociceptive pain of the stump, neuropathic pain of the stump, phantom limb pain, mechanical back pain, and pain in more remote sites (such as proximal ipsilateral joints, the contralateral limb) caused indirectly by amputation of the limb. The composition of the pain profile is variable with often more than one of the above co-existing although not all pains necessarily being present and is temporally dependent, varying at different stages of the peri-operative and post operative period. Such complexity makes pain after amputation difficult to manage. Each component of the overall pain experience should be identified and addressed separately.


Neuropathic Pain Spinal Cord Stimulator Epidermoid Cyst Phantom Limb Phantom Limb Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineDSC University Hospitals of South ManchesterManchesterUK

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