People that practice medicine and clinical therapies are always looking for innovative new ways to treat pain. New treatments and therapies allow for pain to be treated more efficiently and in non-invasive and non-toxic ways. But before the pain can even be addressed, it must first be actually diagnosed — and no, we are not talking about diagnosing what caused the pain to be experienced in the first place — we are talking about diagnosing the level of pain that is being experienced.
The NGUI-MATRIX is an innovative new pain management and pain treatment technique that is non-toxic and non-invasive — but like any other pain management treatment, the extent of the pain should be discovered before treatment begins. Join us in today’s blog as we discuss how to diagnose the level of pain that is being experienced, as well as how to treat it once the extent of the pain has been determined.
What Is A Pain Scale?
A pain scale is a tool that medical professionals and clinicians use to determine the amount of pain that someone is in. When the pain scale is used, the person experiencing pain must objectively point out a value or picture on the scale that they think accurately depicts their level of pain. Pain scales are most commonly used to determine a person’s pain when they are admitted to the hospital, recovering from surgery, or finished with physical activity.
Aside from helping the clinician or medical professional determine the amount of pain that someone is in, it can also help determine what is causing the pain and help determine what the best course of action is in treatment.
The Types Of Pain Scales
Categorical Pain Scale
Categorical pain skills are used to address different demographics of patients. For example, the most common categorical pain scale for children features six to 10 faces of varying frowns and smiles. Additionally, colors are used to help them influence their decision, with frowns being red and smiles being green. By tailoring the scale to a child’s intellectual and emotional levels, a medical professional or clinician can get a more accurate understanding of the level of pain that they are experiencing.
Verbal Pain Scale
Verbal pain scales are commonly used in adults. Adults have experienced enough pain in their lives that it is more than likely that they can accurately determine the pain that they are currently experiencing in comparison to the worst pain that they have ever felt. The verbal pain scale allows the person experiencing the pain to choose from six verbal statements — no pain, mild pain, moderate pain, severe pain, very severe pain, and worst possible pain — describing to their caregiver the amount of pain that they are experiencing.
Visual Analog Pain Scale
The visual analog scale is different from the other scales in the sense that the person experiencing the pain is not limited to six properties answers. Instead, the patient is asked to make a mark on the scale in any place that they see fit — in an effort to allow the person to pick their pain level without the influence of any visual factors on the scale.
Pain Scales — An Overview
Pain scales are a valuable tool for medical professionals and clinicians everywhere because it allows them to determine the exact (or within a reasonable deviation) pain that they are experiencing so that they can move forward with a treatment action plan.
Rather than having the conversation: “Are you in pain?” “Yes I am.” “Alright, here is the medication.” A medical professional or clinician can determine if the pain is even enough to mandate medication or treatment, or if the treatment should be minor or intensive.
What Pain Can Be Measured By Pain Scales?
Pain scales are an excellent tool for diagnosing pain in individuals because it is not limited to one particular type of pain. Being a broad scale that can be interpreted in any way, the person experiencing pain can put a label, or a number, on a piece of paper that can show the person treating them exactly how much chronic pain, acute pain, simple pain, or injury pain that they are feeling at that particular moment.
Now That The Level Of Pain Has Been Determined, What’s Next?
Once the level of a patient’s pain has been determined, it is now time for the administration of treatment and pain management techniques. Some of the most common forms of pain management and treatment involve medication, heat therapy, cold therapy, surgery, and clinical therapies.
Among the emerging pain management treatments that are taking the medical world by a storm is the NGUI-MATRIX, an innovative new medical treatment technique that uses aspects of both Eastern Medicine and Western Medicine to holistically rid the body of pain.
The basic principle of this new treatment is that it can be used to correct the natural flow of energy in the body where abnormalities existed and caused pain. In doing so, the clinician can correct pain immediately by applying pressure to different acupoints that in turn relieve the pain naturally.
Are you interested in learning more about the NGUI-MATRIX? If so, we urge you to attend an upcoming seminar. The next seminar and workshop that is scheduled is on May 11, 2019, in Stevensville, Ontario. We hope to see you there, so purchase your ticket today!
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