What Is Stump or Post-Amputation Pain?

Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments

What Is Causing My Pain?

Post-Amputation Pain is common in people who have had an amputation of an extremity. Many amputees will only have this type of pain shortly after surgery, but it fades during the healing process. Unfortunately for others, the pain becomes chronic and is referred to as post-amputation or “stump” pain. 

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What Are The Symptoms?

The symptoms of residual limb pain are usually described as moderate and include sensations such as:






Uncontrolled Movements

Is Post-Amputation or Stump Pain The Same As Phantom Limb Pain?

Stump pain and phantom limb pain are two different conditions with separate treatment avenues. Dr. de Lotbinière can review your specific symptoms, pain levels, pain patterns, and medical history to decide which diagnosis is right for you.

What Are The Causes?

Often there is a physical cause of post-amputation pain, resulting from:

  • Post-operative infection
  • Poor blood supply to the limb
  • Bone or soft tissue problems
  • Nerve damage 
  • Neuroma

What Are The Treatments?

Dr. de Lotbinière will perform a physical exam as well as employ imaging to determine if stump pain in the correct diagnosis and if there is an underlying cause. He then can recommend the best pathway toward relieving symptoms and pain. 

Treatments for Post-Amputation or Stump Pain:

  • Pain Medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Neuromodulation
  • Resection of Neuroma

How Do I Get Help For My Pain?

Reach out to Dr. Alain de Lotbinière to find the answers you need to live the life you deserve! He leverages his diagnostic expertise and experience in treating complex pain disorders to give his patients the best outcomes and relief from their pain. He is accepting patients and booking consultations at both his New York and Connecticut offices.