In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Griffin and colleagues  have presented a rather unique analysis of data from two previous studies on mirror therapy for the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) of the lower extremity after amputation. One of the previous studies has been published , the other has been submitted for publication. The primary outcome of the Griffin et al. study was to assess the time to response and if the treatment response time was different with different levels of baseline pain.1Mirror therapy takes longer, up to 21 sessions, to work in patients with severe phantom painIndeed, those with less severe pain had a more rapid response, which was sustained over the course of treatment. The treatment paradigm consisted of five sessions (15 min long) per week for four weeks. Those amputees with the highest pain levels (VAS 6–10) had a slower response, not seen until the 21st session and, as with those in the other two groups, this effect persisted until therapy was completed at four weeks. These findings are important since many trials of mirror therapy are quite short and both patient and therapist may be discouraged with the lack of
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2017
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