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How can rehabilitation help phantom limb pain?

Phantom limb pain is sometimes caused by an ill-fitting prosthetic limb. If this is the case, then participating in rehabilitation to help you with your prosthetic may also aid in alleviating your pain. Being comfortable in a well-fitting prosthetic could help you to stave off pain or help reduce it. Massage may be considered part of the rehabilitation, and can help relieve phantom limb pain. Rehabilitation for your prosthetic may also involve a fair amount of exercise, including balancing and standing exercises, strength and endurance training, and stretching. Exercise in general has been known to help alleviate phantom limb pain, so this part of rehabilitation may help you as well.

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