Virtual Reality Research Study for Phantom Limb Pain

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Study Location

  • Remote, hybrid, or in-person (All in-person visits will take place at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab – Chicago, IL) If you live outside of the Chicagoland area, you will be offered virtual study visits.

Research Objective
To use the Phantom Limb Pain Management System (PLP-MS) for at-home pain management therapy. The PLP-MS system is an investigational device that uses a game-based phone app and an electrode cuff for at-home use for treatment of phantom limb pain.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must speak English
  • Have limb absence, any level – including multiple limbs
  • Must experience Phantom Limb Pain at least 2 times per month
  • Must not have significant residual limb pain
  • Pain medication must be consistent over the past 1 month (if applicable)


  • Up to $780
  • Initial visit: $40, Training visit(s): $40-$80
  • 8-week trial: $50 per week ($400 total)
  • Follow-up visits: $140 (week 8), $40 (week 16), $40 (week 24), $40 (week 32)

Enrollment Closes
September 30, 2024

Time Commitment

  • 2-3 visits for enrollment and training (1 hour each)
  • Home trial (20-40 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, for 8 weeks)
  • 4 additional follow-up sessions (1 hour each)

Contact Person
Kristi Turner or Andrea Ikeda | Email : | Phone: 312-238-2080
Study Coordinators, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

How to Participate
See further instructions in the Recruitment Flyer.