Diagnosis

Assessment and Help

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In acute pain, the underlying cause is often obvious, e.g. after surgery or an acute trauma. Many times, however, the exact underlying pathology is not clear and a diagnostic work-up is necessary. Key elements include:

  • Performance of a full physical examination
  • Assessment of pain location, severity, quality, onset and aggravating/relieving factors (for a rapid and simple assessment of the pain severity, pain scales can be used as a validated measurement tool) –  click here for more information on pain scales for measuring pain 
  • Utilisation of specific diagnostic procedures such as X-rays or bone scans