About pain assessment

Pain history

Patterns of pain

Describing how it feels

Rating pain

Rating pain

When you use a system to rate your pain, you help your health care team do a better job of assessing it as they begin treatment. More importantly, using the same rating system over time helps them to understand how effective the treatment is at relieving your pain and to adjust the treatment for maximum benefit.

Some people find it easiest to use a simple range of words to describe their pain: no pain, a little pain, lots of pain, too much pain. Other ways of rating pain include:

Color Scales/Facial Expression Scales
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Number Scales
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