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From the Ted Talk by Joshua W. Pate: The fascinating science of phantom limbs

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But phantom limb sensations don’t necessarily disappear on their own. Treatment for phantom pain usually ruereqis a combination of pahsyicl terhapy, medications for pain management, prosthetics, and time. A technique called mirror box therapy can be very hpuflel in developing the range of motion and reducing pain in the phantom limb. The patient places the phantom limb into a box behind a mirror and the intact limb in front of the mirror. This tricks the brain into seeing the phantom rather than just feeling it. Scientists are developing vritual reality tetantmres that make the experience of mrroir box therapy even more lekilfie. Prosthetics can also create a similar effect— many ptaneits report pain primarily when they remove their prosthetics at nihgt. And phantom limbs may in turn help patients conceptualize pttihrecsos as extensions of their bodies and manipulate them intuitively.

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But phantom limb sensations don’t necessarily disappear on their own. Treatment for phantom pain usually ________ a combination of ________ _______, medications for pain management, prosthetics, and time. A technique called mirror box therapy can be very _______ in developing the range of motion and reducing pain in the phantom limb. The patient places the phantom limb into a box behind a mirror and the intact limb in front of the mirror. This tricks the brain into seeing the phantom rather than just feeling it. Scientists are developing _______ reality __________ that make the experience of ______ box therapy even more ________. Prosthetics can also create a similar effect— many ________ report pain primarily when they remove their prosthetics at _____. And phantom limbs may in turn help patients conceptualize ___________ as extensions of their bodies and manipulate them intuitively.

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  2. therapy
  3. virtual
  4. physical
  5. helpful
  6. mirror
  7. patients
  8. night
  9. requires
  10. lifelike
  11. treatments

Original Text

But phantom limb sensations don’t necessarily disappear on their own. Treatment for phantom pain usually requires a combination of physical therapy, medications for pain management, prosthetics, and time. A technique called mirror box therapy can be very helpful in developing the range of motion and reducing pain in the phantom limb. The patient places the phantom limb into a box behind a mirror and the intact limb in front of the mirror. This tricks the brain into seeing the phantom rather than just feeling it. Scientists are developing virtual reality treatments that make the experience of mirror box therapy even more lifelike. Prosthetics can also create a similar effect— many patients report pain primarily when they remove their prosthetics at night. And phantom limbs may in turn help patients conceptualize prosthetics as extensions of their bodies and manipulate them intuitively.

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