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Phantom Limb Pain Strap: Monitoring and Mitigating PLP using a Unique Treatment Development Approach

Dina Dragoljic, Camara Casson, Angel Collins, Alexis Hopkins, Marissa Jordan Professor Ted Conway, Ph. D. Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences Florida Institute of Technology 150 W University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901

Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) is a physical sensation where amputees feel pain from stimulus surrounding the amputation. This condition is known to be “phantom” from real pain from a limb that is no longer connected to the body. PLP is widely common in diabetic patients requiring amputation from complications of disease prognosis and with survivors of military incidents due to the malfunctioning of nerves damaged by injury. This painful sensation affects 80% of amputees, often becoming chronic. Although this is a common condition, minimal literature is known about the mechanisms of injury for PLP, thus insufficient effort goes into treatment development. This condition frequently leads to debilitating pain in a population struggling with other health conditions; these individuals deserve sufficient treatment to monitor and mitigate their pain. The current treatment options for PLP designed to abate pain are pharmaceutical or invasive which are expensive and can cause medical complications. The pain will be measured by neural activity by analyzing electromyography (EMG) signals. The strap proposed by this project is designed to adhere to the individual’s amputated limb to administer pain mitigation by emitting low-frequency electrical impulses from electrodes to the impacted area. Prioritizing comfort and feasibility for the individual, the design of the strap contains the pain mitigation device as a detachable box on the outside of the strap. This device will be controlled by the individual to administer treatment while having controls to limit dangerous use of the device. Another key component to this project is understanding the individual’s pain management. Monitoring pain and the treatment process will be performed by an interactive application designed to collect, analyze, and report information on the treatment efficacy. This application will be used by the individual and medical care providers as a tool to promote a unique treatment plan for each individual.




Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Alexis Hopkins, Dina Dragoljic, Camara Casson, Angel Collins, Marissa Jordan

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Type: Poster

Subject: Engineering

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4615