Do you suffer from Phantom Limb Pain due to a disarticulation or a nerve injury?
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The Center for Bionics and Pain Research (CBPR) is searching for research participants to a clinical study for the treatment of Phantom Limb Pain (PLP). We are looking for persons over the age of 18 who experience PLP after a disarticulation (amputation at a joint level) or after a nerve injury. This study is approved by the Ethics Review Authority.
What is the project and why would you like me to participate?
This is a new treatment based on movement and sensory exercises enhanced with brain modulation. The brain modulation aims to improve the learning process of the movement training and that is performed by wearing a cap equipped with small surface electrodes. You will wear surface electrodes placed on the skin of your affected limb. These electrodes will capture muscle signals which will be then interpreted by a software aimed to predict your movement intentions. These movements will be used to control a virtual limb, play games, or solve various tasks. For sensory training, you will wear a lightweight sleeve device that can apply a gentle pressure on your skin. This device is meant to create touch sensations on your skin. These sensations are then used as part of discrimination tasks or as feedback within games.
How is the study performed?
The study requires you to participate in the following sessions: 1 screening visit, 2 weeks baseline period, 2 non-invasive brain imaging (beginning and end of the treatment), 15 intervention visits, short-term follow-up assessments, and 3 long-term follow-up visits spread out over a 6-months period. All visits will primarily take place at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Mölndal, and some assessment can be performed via phone or video call. At each visit, you will be asked to participate in different tasks such as performing affected limb movements, discriminating between different touch sensations applied on your skin, performing a combination of movement and sensory exercises, answering questionnaires, participating in an interview related to the therapy, and/or participating in brain imaging assessments (electroencephalography [EEG] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]).