Being in acute pain can interfere with your ability to participate in your regular day-to-day activities. It is important for your clinician to understand how your acute pain is affecting your ability to function, as well as how much pain you are feeling. This can help them to provide the most appropriate treatment. The treatment may not completely stop your pain. The aim of treatment is to reduce your pain to a level that allows you to return to your regular day-to-day activities.
Your clinician will ask you questions about how your pain is interfering with your ability to function normally and carry out activities. They may also ask you questions about how you are coping with your pain. For example, whether the pain is affecting your sleep, or your ability to carry out regular activities. There are several measurement tools to score your pain and your function, and your clinician will use the ones that best suit your needs when they assess your acute pain.