Monday, April 11, 2011

The Purpose of Pain Scales

A Verbal Pain Scale

With a verbal scale, you can describe the degree of your discomfort by choosing one of the vertical lines that most corresponds to the intensity of pain you are feeling. This is a good way to explain early postoperative pain, which is expected to diminish over time. Your doctor can use this scale to determine if your recovery is progressing in a positive direction.

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