View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
After limb amputation, phantom pain can be excruciating and difficult to control with drugs. Now a simple new device called a stump stocking may offer relief.
Researchers speculate that external electromagnetic impulses (as from power lines or electrical devices) irritate nerve endings and trigger phantom pain. They believe that the stump stocking, which consists of a silicone liner interwoven with an electromagnetic shield, works by blocking these impulses.
They tested their theory in a small group of patients with limb amputations. The 22 patients who completed the trial rated their pain as a 3 or higher on a 0-to-10 pain-rating scale on at least 10 days per month. The patients wore the liner with or without the electromagnetic shield in place for 2-week periods and rated their phantom pain six times a day. Both liners reduced pain compared with baseline, but adding the electromagnetic shield was significantly more effective.
The study was supported by medi Bayreuth, a German firm that manufactures the stocking.
Kern U, et al., Management of phantom pain with a textile, electromagnetically-acting stump liner: A randomized, double-blind, crossover study, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, October 2006.
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top