Diagnosing Chronic Pain
When it comes to diagnosing chronic pain, it can prove difficult as there is no way to objectively measure pain.
However, a specialist will ask where the pain is located and how long it has been occurring for. This will enable them to gain an idea as to whether it is chronic pain or not. They will then ask questions about the type of pain they are experiencing such as whether it is a sharp or dull pain or if it is constant pain or only occurs sporadically. The patient will also be asked to rate their pain by using a numerical scale.
A specialist will also carry out a physical examination while some tests might be carried out including laboratory tests, MRI scans or X-rays as well as musculoskeletal and neurological tests.