Augmented Reality Helps Amputees Handle Phantom Limb Pain

10-year-old Sath Mohammed from Kandahar, Afghanistan lost a limb from a bomb attack in 2001. Amputees like him can deal with phantom limb pain with the help of augmented reality if given the chance.(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have discovered that augmented reality and machine learning can help reduce phantom limb pain in chronic cases.Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan, who pioneered the study, told Inverse that the therapy is “non-invasive [and] low-risk” and that it “holds great potential to treat the condition.” The study, which found that phantom limb pain was reduced by over 50 percent with the use of augmented reality, was published Thursday in The Lancet. “The approach we propose to treat phantom limb pain showed promising results in patients for…

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