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Traumatic amputation could lead to different types of pain

Catastrophic injuries can come in many forms. Injuries to the back and head often come to mind as having the potential to cause serious harm, but extremities can also face severe injuries that can prove life-changing as well. Hands, arms, legs, feet or even fingers and toes could get crushed or, worse, amputated during a serious car accident.

Amputation may be one of your worst fears as this type of injury often proves permanent, and if you suffer such an injury, you will certainly need to relearn how to perform various activities that you could once carry out well on your own. In addition to the trauma of losing a limb in a violent accident, you could also still experience pain after the limb’s removal.

Pain after amputation

Obviously, the site at which you lost the limb will likely present a considerable amount of pain. This type of pain may come across as more severe if the severing of the limb took place during a traumatic event, such as a serious car accident. In addition to this type of pain, you may also experience residual limb pain and phantom limb pain.

Residual limb pain

When it comes to residual limb pain, you may experience uncomfortable physical sensations in the remaining part of the limb from which the amputation occurred. Because the loss of a limb could cause you to experience pain differently than you may have before the loss, you could potentially confuse residual limb pain with phantom limb pain.

Phantom limb pain

The term phantom limb pain refers to the belief that you feel pain in the area where your amputated limb once existed. This type of pain can have both physical and psychological impacts, causing many individuals who have lost limbs to feel a great deal of distress. You may experience painful feelings that could include cramping, stabbing, crushing and burning. These feelings could intensify depending on outside factors, including your level of emotional stress.

Dealing with any type of pain after the loss of a limb can prove challenging. This type of situation could have you facing physical and emotional turmoil as you work to come to terms with the substantial changes your life will face. If a car accident led to your traumatic amputation, you may wish to consider filing a personal injury claim in hopes of seeking compensation for the catastrophic injury and resulting damages.