The Future of Phantom Limb Therapy with Virtual Reality | Ragini Dindukurthi | TEDxPortland

Up to 80% of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain, but standard treatment methods are only moderately successful. Virtual reality serves as a promising …


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  1. Thank you for this enlightening talk. I am Sally. Just over ten years ago, I got a blood clot in my toe and my second opinion was he could remove it with same day surgery. After, I came home and over the next few days my leg died. Eventually I had ATK amputation and I have had chronic, severe pain since. The mirror box did not work for me, but I would do anything to try the VR. I think of suicide everyday. With the newer laws, Doctors think I am drug seeking. I think of moving to Oregon where it is legal to die. After having watched the movie The Bridge, I think of driving to San Francisco and jumping, but one person actually survived and I fear that on my own, I couldn't do it. Tell me what to do to help raise money for VR and I will help, It would keep my mind off the pain.

  2. I happen to be a double amputee (leg). Mirror therapy, since I don't have a limb to mirror, just isn't an option for me. So, I'm really looking forward to the advancements of new therapies for phantom limb pain…cause I gotta tell you, it's rough. I imagine it's different for everyone, but for me, it's a searing pain, like a clamp that's attached to the back of my heels. (usually) Currently, my treatment is painkillers, but I'd really love to get off those with some alternative treatment.

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