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.
The Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch Large is labeled to relieve mild to tougher, moderate pain associated with arthritis, sprains, strains and backache for up to 12 hours, something no other OTC pain reliever can claim. And the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch Large’s label claims were FDA-approved, just like prescription medicines.
Below is an example of a recognized pain scale: