Reading Pain Scales

The problem with injuries is you can’t always tell how serious they are. Even physicians, nurses, and therapists have trouble assessing someone’s severity of injury. Until we have a handheld medical scanner that can single out what’s wrong, we’re just gonna have to go old school.

Yes, a pain chart. Not the most sophisticated way to do this but it works. We here at Pawnshop Academy are happy to provide you one for this breakdown. Let’s take a look.

  1.   Pain free
  2.   Very minor annoyance-occasional minor twinges
  3.   Minor annoyance-occasional
  4.   Annoying enough to be distracting
  5.   Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting,
  6.   Can’t be ignored for more than 30 minutes.
  7.   Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities.
  8.   Make it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep, you can still function with effort
  9.   Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Nausea and dizziness may occur.
  10.   Unable to speak, crying out or moaning uncontrollable- pain makes you pass out 10 Unconscious. Pain makes you pass out.

Please feel free to download, print, and use the PSA Pain Chart in your stores. Until next time, pawn on!