About this book
Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain
An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Edited by Craig D. Murray
For the millions of patients adjusting to life with one or more missing limbs, adaptation involves an intricate network of physical, psychological, social, and existential factors.
It is with this complex scenario in mind that Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective has been developed. Unlike other books that deal exclusively with one or another of these topics, this volume unites the three to return the experiential to what is often treated in the literature—and too often in the clinic—as a solely medical condition. Written by top specialists in areas ranging from psychology and neuroscience to biomedical engineering and computer science (and including material applicable to those with congenital missing limbs as well as to amputees), this volume provides up-to-date knowledge with wide appeal to a variety of professional readers. In addition, the book’s accessibility ensures that practitioners working in teams understand each other’s work as well as client needs. Among the leading-edge topics:
- Ethical and medico-legal issues in providing assistive technology.
- Psychosocial assessment of adaptation to amputation and prosthesis use.
- Congenital limb deficiencies and experiences of prosthesis use.
- Prothesis use relating to the formation and maintenance of romantic relationships.
- Biopsychosocial approaches to postoperative pain.
- Phenomenology of phantom limb experience and prosthesis use.
- Relationship between coping style and phantom limb pain.
- Virtual-reality treatments for phantom limb pain.
Must reading for clinical and health psychologists, neuropsychologists, prostheticians, orthopedists, neurologists, professionals in rehabilitation and rehabilitative medicine, and designers of assistive technologies, Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain is dedicated to the goal of encouraging proper fit and alignment—not only between patients and devices, but between healing professionals and their clients.