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Adults: Phantom Limb Pain

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

Phantom Limb Pain Research Study

Many amputees experience pain in their missing limb (often called phantom limb pain). One treatment for phantom limb pain is mirror therapy where the amputee views their moving intact limb in a mirror, making it seem as if it is the missing limb.

We are recruiting participants with an amputated limb to come to our main campus in Bethesda, MD, to participate in a brain imaging study during the course of mirror therapy. The goal of this study is to understand how the mirror therapy works: what parts of the brain are affected by the amputation, and how does the mirror therapy reverse those changes. Participants must be 18-75 years of age with a single amputated limb (not arising from diabetes). The study will require up to four visits to the campus, and participants will be reimbursed for their time participating in the study.

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-301-402-7511 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].