Thiere should also be a discussion about what pain intensity ratings mean. Select a pain intensity scale suited to the patient's self-assessment capability and teach the patient how to use it regularly and consistently.
This will assist the primary care provider in evaluating the effectiveness of pain management interventions. Do keep in mind that patients with chronic LBP often function at higher pain ratings. If the patient says they have been able to work or perform at a good physical level, the health care provider may not perceive them to be in pain. Some patients may not "look" like they are in pain, but he or she may just be trying to get through their day in the best way possible.
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