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More than 65 million amputees worldwide suffer from phantom limb pain

Phantom limb pain (PLP) refers to ongoing painful sensations that seem to be coming from the part of the limb that is no longer there. The limb is gone, but the pain is real. The onset of this pain most often occurs soon after surgery.

Current therapies in rehabilitation can be surgery with risks for the patient or medication with side effects.

The patient must also be accompanied by doctors, physiotherapists, and ergo therapists in rehabilitation centers, which limits rehabilitation at home.

Experts believe phantom pain results from a mix-up in nervous system signals, specifically between the spinal cord and brain. When a body part is amputated, the nerve connections from the periphery to the brain remain in place.

How do you treat pain in a limb that no longer exists?

Phantom limb pain occurs when the amputated limb can no longer send a sensory message to the cortex, it is possible to send a dummy message that makes the brain believe that the amputated limb is functioning again.

Myotact aims to offer a simpler, quicker, and more efficient rehabilitation for amputees and hemiplegic patients. We have developed the Myotact bracelet, which allows the acquisition of muscle activity coupled with vibrotactile feedback while translating this activity into virtual movements via an application.

We propose the only device allowing the acquisition of muscle activity (EMG) coupled with vibrotactile feedback (sensory feedback) to facilitate the rehabilitation of all amputees and hemiplegics.