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Diagnostic Based Pain Assessments, combined with Medical Massage Therapy, are Highly Effective Tools

Why do I need to conduct a Diagnostic Based Pain Assessment for treating Chronic Pain with Medical Massage? As part of a Comprehensive Pain Assessment, Diagnostic Testing, when combined with Medical Massage Therapy, can be a highly effective tool for Chronic Pain Management.
by StephenAkamine


Why do I need to conduct a Diagnostic Based Pain Assessment for treating Chronic Pain with Medical Massage? As part of a Comprehensive Pain Assessment, Diagnostic Testing, when combined with Medical Massage Therapy, can be a highly effective tool for Chronic Pain Management.

Can Medical Massage treat Chronic Pain effectively without a Diagnostic Based Pain Assessment? Without a Diagnostic Testing based Pain Assessment, the Massage Therapist can only guess and make assumptions at what the appropriate Chronic Pain Treatment Plan for a patient should be.

How is a Diagnosis different from a Pain Assessment? A Diagnosis is not the same thing as a Pain Assessment. A diagnosis is made by a Doctor to specifically identify an illness, disease, or medical condition. Diagnostic Testing is used for a Diagnostic Pain Assessment in order to compile information that is gathered and evaluated in order to derive an appropriate plan of treatment.

Is the same type of Pain Assessment used for all parts of the Body? The same type of Pain Assessment is not used for all parts of the human body. A Lower Back Pain Assessment is not the same as a Shoulder Pain Assessment or a Elbow Pain Assessment, but a Fibromyalgia Pain Assessment can consist of all of the above.

What kind of Information is used in the Pain Assessment? The assessment information that is used to develop a treatment plan includes the patient's Pain Scale, their Medical History, an objective observation of symptoms, biomechanical (analysis of posture, and body locomotion) diagnostic testing, and palpation (analyzing soft tissue by feel).

What is the significance of a Pain Scale? The patient is given pictures of the human body and is asked to list the specific pain levels on the pictures that give the representation of the patients pain, as part of the assessment. The amount of pain that a person is experiencing in a specific part of the persons body on a scale of 0 to 10 defines the Pain Scale. Zero is no pain, and 10 is unbearable pain. 1-4= functional, 5-7=extreme discomfort and difficulty with functionality, 8-9=pain so great that the person is bed-ridden.

How does Medical History affect the Pain Assessment? The historical factors effecting a person's pain, such as the medications that the person is taking, the time of day when the pain is at its worst, what forms of treatment has helped the patient, and what forms of treatment have not helped the patient, helps the health practitioner to better understand the root cause of a patient's pain.

Why is Observation an important part of the Assessment? Postural Analysis is an important part of the observation of a patients symptoms, because it helps to determine if a patient has good posture or bad posture as a possible source of their pain and will help to improve posture where improvement can be made. A Gait Analysis can reveal a limp or favoritism of a limb. The observation of an externally rotated foot can indicate a leg length difference that could have a factor on Lower Back Pain. The trained eye can observe a Forward Shoulder rotation, which can reveal posterior Shoulder Pain as well as Thoracic Back Pain. A Gait Analysis can reveal a limp or favoritism of a limb.

What is Biomechanical Testing? Biomechanical Testing involves the analysis of body motion and movement within identifiable specific planes of that motion and movement. This could involve AROM-Active Range of Motion, PROM-Passive range of Motion, Resistive and other special tests that could possibly help to uncover the source of a persons pain.

I've never heard of Palpation before, can you please explain that to me? Analyzing soft tissue by feel is known as palpation, an important part of the information gathering process. The practitioner assesses texture, temperature, and tone to better understand the health of the soft tissues that are involved with a person's chronic pain. A Diagnostic Palpation test known as the Joint Mobility Test, is used to determine whether or not the spinal column is a chronic pain syndrome contributor.

Effective Chronic Pain Management is impossible without a systematic, Diagnostic Based Pain Assessment. A divide and conquer treatment strategy for the reduction and possible elimination of chronic pain can no longer be attained without an organized Diagnostic based Pain Assessment. The battle against chronic pain is a daunting task without an organized Diagnostic based Pain Assessment, and has direct impact upon the ability and skill of clinical and medical massage therapists to provide patients with new hope, strategies and tactics in the battle against chronic pain.

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