Fast Five Quiz: Neuropathic, Nociceptive, and Mixed Pain

Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd

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January 14, 2022

Figure 1. Female patient with back pain.

In addition to patient history and physical exam, single- and multidimensional scales are used to better characterize patients' pain. An example of a multidimensional pain scale is the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), a four-part assessment designed to measure the sensory, affective, and evaluative aspects of pain and pain intensity in adults with chronic pain. A short-form version is comprised of two subscales and 15 words (11 sensory and four affective) from the original MPQ.

The Wong-Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale, Melzack and Torgerson Scale, and the Visual Analog Scale are all examples of single-dimensional scales that are used to help determine pain intensity.

Learn more about pain assessment.

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