Rule Out Other Sources of Pain
The physical therapist examines Peter James to rule out other sources of pain.
The physical therapist examines Peter James to determine residual strength.
Residual Range of Motion
The physical therapist examines Peter James for residual range of motion.
The physical therapist examines Peter James for protective sensitization.
Question: Why does the physical therapist need to perform a comprehensive evaluation before treating Peter James’ phantom limb pain?
To make sure the primary care physician didn’t miss anything.
To rule out other sources of pain beyond phantom limb pain.
To see if physical therapy is physically possible.
Peter James’ physical therapist wants to try mirror therapy to help his phantom limb pain.
Click the following link to learn more about mirror therapy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3468806/
Because Peter James has been diagnosed with PTSD, he needs clearance from his psychologist before participating in mirror therapy. Otherwise, the mirror image of two intact limbs may elicit memories associated with the trauma he suffered.
Introduction to Mirror Therapy
The physical therapist tells Peter James about mirror therapy.
The physical therapist instructs Peter James to observe his intact limb in the mirror for a few minutes to create the illusion there are two limbs instead of one.
Basic Motor Skills
The physical therapist goes over basic motor skills with Peter James.
The physical therapist goes over sensory exercises with Peter James.
How to End a Mirror Therapy Session
The physical therapist prepares Peter James to see his amputated limb once again.