Pain is the cardinal symptom of the spinal disorders. Pain rating scales, also called pain scales, are used by physicians and other health care providers to evaluate pain and measure pain levels. There are several reasons that pain measurements are an integral part of today’s healthcare. Firstly, treatment outcomes data are critical to insuring that patients with pain receive effective and timely care. Outcomes data can be used to direct treatment decisions to increase success rates, to generate pain treatment guidelines, and to identify service delivery system problems or barriers. Secondly, many government agencies, accreditation bodies, professional societies, and other organizations now require the collection and analysis of pain outcomes data.

There are various aspects of pain that should be considered when assessing pain outcomes:
  • intensity of pain,
  • the use of rescue treatments,
  • quality of pain,
  • temporal components of pain.

Below, some of pain measurement tools available:

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