Case Study: Relieving phantom pain

Bobbi Jo worked on an Amish client yesterday who had a leg amputated just below the knee. This was a recent amputation, and he flew to Australia to receive a specialized prosthetic which was attached with a pin/hook inserted directly into the larger bone. He would tighten the prosthetic with a key tool. 

We had our theories about working with phantom pain, but now Bobbi Jo has confirmation and success at relieving the pain with only 5 placements of the weighted tuning fork. The treatment was less than 40 minutes. She worked on some areas at the amputation site to release fluid pressure pockets. This was a recent amputation, and he had experienced many problems with post surgery recovery including infections and open wounds. Now that his wounds have healed, he still has severe phantom pain where pain is experienced and feels like it’s in the part of the leg that was removed. 

Our theory was that the nerve fibers were severed which makes the smaller nerves serving the main nerve fibers report a cut somewhere along the route. These smaller nerves called nervi nervorum have a difficult time knowing the exact location of the “cable break” and the approximate location of the severed fiber can confuse the brain. Our brain calculates the exact location of pain receptors based on a few methods including the distance of the nerve axon. The pain sensory system of the nerve fibers themselves do not always know the exact location because they wrap around the fibers to report problems along the way. This is one reason we have referred pain. 

In addition to working in the soft tissue, Bobbi Jo worked directly on the bone just above the pin. The first placement was excruciating to the client similar to the pain when we relieve a burn. After each placement, the pain level reduced further until he no longer felt any pain at all. The phantom pain had disappeared. It is my adjustment to our theory that the nerves running through a severed bone respond differently than those running through soft tissue. Once an axon fiber has been cut, there is less healing capability within the confines of a bone especially when it comes to a build up of fluid pressure. It appears that the referred pain is centered around the nerves in the bone rather than completely on the soft tissue nerve fibers running through the area.

This was the first time he no longer felt the phantom pain since the amputation, and we will keep you posted on our follow up treatments.