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Florida Amputation Lawyer Discusses Phantom Limb Pain

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jan 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

Whether the body part is amputated because of a traumatic injury or underlying medical condition these patients have to deal with phantom limb pain issues.  Every person who undergoes amputation will feel sensations that are interpreted by the brain as coming from the amputated limb.  In some folks the sensations gradually decrease; while others have experience such bad sensations that it impacts their lives on a daily basis.  Phantom limb pain is a neurological phenomena that happens because the nervous system is already wired and when impulses travel from the peripheral nervous system into the central nervous system they are interpreted by the sensory part of the brain as originating in the intact limb.

What are the Symptoms Associated with Phantom Limb Pain?

  • Cramping
  • Shooting
  • Stabbing
  • Burning
  • Feeling like ants are crawling on the limb

Some injured people can feel all of these symptoms other feel one or two of these symptoms.  Many patients deal with phantom limb pain in many different ways.  I had one client tell me that when she started to experience a feeling where her limb used to be – she would simulate rubbing the area or scratching the area and that would shut off the discomfort.

Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain

As with anything else, I have had some clients do pretty well with treatment and others who treatment provides no benefit.  Treatments range from physical stimulation or exercise, to biofeedback, mirrors, medication, and injections of medications into area of the spinal cord.

Conclusion

Phantom limb pain can become a real issue for amputees.  I believe that part of my job as an attorney who represents these patients is to counsel them on the types of treatments available and different healthcare providers that may be able to assist with the condition.  Many times, folks who lose their limbs in an accident feel lost, depressed and give up on their condition.  If I am able to help folks cope with these issues it can result in a much better outcome for them in the long run.

If you have any questions about a Florida amputation injury, call Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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