Tracking Multiple Pain Types

Navigate Pain launches a new feature capable of tracking multiple sensations or types of pain over time.  Pain is a complex experience and describing pain is difficult.  Adding more pain descriptors for patients was inspired by our users and scientific research.  The newly added pain descriptors will allow patients to create a more complete picture of their pain.

For example, a person may complain of pain in the lower back.  However, ‘pain in the lower back’ is an unclear and inaccurate picture of the pain experience.  Pain descriptors such as, shooting, dull-aching or stabbing are words that can improve clinical understanding.  In clinical research settings pain descriptors are known as pain qualities and can help clarify the sources of pain.  For more information about the usefulness of pain descriptors check out Why Assessing Pain Qualities Matter.

A wider selection of pain descriptors

Navigate Pain now offers a wider selection of pain descriptors. In addition these pain descriptors can be ranked as mild, moderate or severe and mapped directly on the pain chart.   The ranked pain descriptors and the associated area on the body are automatically quantified and tracked over time.  Tracking multiple sensations or types of pain over time creates a smart starting point for communicating how much a patient has been helped and how quickly the patient is progressing.

Pain descriptors or types for pain chart

When patients begin a pain chart they are prompted to choose a pain descriptor, such as stabbing, tingling or numbness.  Immediately after the pain level (mild, moderate, or severe) must be selected.  Then the patient can proceed to draw in the areas of their pain according to the selected pain type and level.  In Navigate Pain a pain descriptor and pain level is shown with a unique color so the relation between the pain types and level is clear.  Moreover, the relationship between pain types easy to view through ‘Navigate Pain’s unique pain assessment chart functions.  Understanding the nature of the relationship between pain types is important.  Pain descriptors can change over time and are useful indicators regarding progression of symptoms or recovery.