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Numerical Rating Pain Scale

A Pain Assessment Tool for the Person in Pain


Updated September 03, 2009

Numerical Rating Pain Scale
NIH/Warren Grant Magnusen Clinical Center
Perhaps one of the most commonly used pain scales in healthcare, the numerical rating scale offers the individual in pain to rate their pain score. It is designed to be used by those over the age of 9. In the numerical scale, the user has the option to verbally rate their scale from 0 to 10 or to place a mark on a line indicating their level of pain. 0 indictates the absence of pain, while 10 represents the most intense pain possible.

The Numerical Rating Pain Scale allows the healthcare provider to rate pain as mild, moderate or severe, which can indicate a potential disability level.

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