Treatment of actual or impending pathologic fractures of the femur provides the senior author with some of the most rewarding surgical interventions of his practice. The patients' survival outlook is not changed, but their quality of life is enhanced significantly. Most health care providers usually provide the metastatic cancer patient only temporary symptomatic relief, at best, and often at the expense of continued pain, suffering, or sickness, such as is seen with chemotherapy-associated morbidity.
Fantasies concerning an amputated limb can contribute to the occurrence of persistent phantom limb pain. We report a case in which burning pain perceived as located in the amputated lower extremities was related to the patient's feelings about incineration of the removed limbs against her wishes. Hypnotherapy involving elucidation of the fantasy and suggestion was successfully employed in this case and may be a helpful approach in other such cases.
Hypnosis has no single place, but rather a broad range of application of technique and a long standing basis in the philosophy of patient care. We are not purists in any sense of the word. Our use of hypnosis in relief of pain in cases of cancer involves all formal medical procedures enhancing their potential through proper suggestions. We will endeavor to present some techniques of relaxation and pertinent case histories.
Performance enhancement or mental practice is the "symbolic rehearsal of a physical activity without any gross muscular movements" to facilitate skill acquisition and to increase performance in the production of that physical activity. Performance-enhancement interventions have been well known in the area of sports psychology and medicine. However, clinical applications in physical medicine and rehabilitation have not flourished to the same extent, though the demand for improved physical performance and the acquisition of various motor skills are as important.
The following brief report describes the experiences of a hand and arm amputee following the administration of the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGSHS:A) of Shor and Orne, 1962. The participant passed two of the three motor items involving his missing limb. This report discusses the results of a postsession interview regarding our participant's experiences during hypnosis and briefly discusses phantom limb sensations in general.
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a significant source of chronic pain in most persons with amputation at some time in their clinical course. Pharmacologic therapies for this condition are often only moderately effective and may produce unwanted adverse effects. There is growing empirical evidence of the therapeutic effectiveness of mind-body therapies for the relief of chronic pain; therefore, an exploration of their role in relieving amputation-related chronic pain is warranted. We undertook a focused literature review on mind-body interventions for patients with amputation who experience PLP.
Prayer is commonplace at times of illness. But what do people pray for? After reviewing recent work in the cognitive science of religion, the authors argue that pray-ers preferentially ask for psychological as opposed to physical outcomes because these are easier to accommodate God's intervention in the healing process. The authors exemplify this argument with recent studies of illness-related prayer.
To help in determining management strategy as an alternative to amputation by using a synthetic prostacycline, a preliminary study was undertaken in 12 patients (11 men and one woman), with a mean age of 71.08 years, ie, 13 limbs evaluated at the stage of amputation. All patients were treated with a combination of iloprost and physical therapy (massage, specific exercises, cardiorespiratory training). Static transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcPO2) was measured, with a sensitization test by verticalization and inhalation of oxygen, on day (D) D0, D15, D28, D60, D180, and D365.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
OBJECTIVE: To discuss a case involving a 55-year-old diabetic woman with neuropathic osteoarthropathy initiated by a fall. CLINICAL FEATURES: The patient fell into a hole, injuring her left foot. Because of the anesthesia associated with her diabetic peripheral neuropathy, she did not notice the ensuing plantar puncture wound. The patient assumed that her swelling was a result of a sprain. Mild dislocation and osseous fragmentation was noted within the midfoot on radiographs. The neuropathic osteoarthropathy progressed until the patient was later casted.