The prevalence of MSCs among those with limb absence was twice that observed in the general population, reported at 57 percent over the last four weeks and at 65 percent for at least four consecutive weeks during the past year.
In 2011, The O&P EDGE published an article, “Losses Beyond the Limb” (December 2011), that addressed some of the challenges observed after an upper-limb amputation that, while not immediately related to the amputation event, had a collective impact on the health and well-being of the individual. Chief among these considerations was pain in its various forms, including phantom limb pain, limb pain persisting beyond the acute healing of the amputation site, and pain associated with overuse of the remaining limb. Recent years have seen an expansion of the literature in this area, inviting further consideration of the prevalence and impact of pain among individuals with congenital upper-limb deficiencies and acquired upper-limb amputations. This article reviews the key findings of these publications and better defines the overall phenomena in these populations.