There are several pain scales being used today, ranging from numerical to graphics. They each have unique properties – some specific to injury or pain, some are more extensive exams and others include emotional and physiological factors. While there are differences in each tool, the scales use mostly the same terminology and follow the exact same order for explaining severity of pain: mild, moderate, and severe.
Pain assessment for patients with muscle pain is often done by using pain scales that allow the patient to describe the level of their pain. Once the level of pain is determined, an appropriate treatment or analgesic can be identified – including OTC topical medication.
Salonpas® 12 Hour is labeled to relieve mild to tougher, moderate pain associated with sprains, strains, and backache.
Below is an example of a recognized pain scale: