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 and arthritis 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® Pain Relief Patch is labeled to relieve mild to tougher, moderate pain associated with arthritis, sprains, strains, and backache… something no other OTC pain reliever can claim. And Salonpas® is the only FDA-approved OTC topical pain reliever that provides up to 12 hours of serious relief.
Below is an example of a recognized pain scale: