Older Adults_Bars-Geriatric Pain

Pain Assessment Information


The information in this section provides individuals with knowledge in the form of “Fast Facts” (documents which provide a brief overview and details about a specific subject) about pain assessment, pain assessment tools used to determine the level of pain a patient is experiencing and details about specific types of pain, including: possible causes of the pain, information related to professional assessment of this type of pain, and possible treatments.

Pain Assessment
Older Adults
  • Pain 101
    • “Pain 101” provides a general overview of pain, types of pain, key components of a comprehensive pain assessment, and pain management key points and suggestions.

  • One Minute Pain Assessment
    • “One Minute Pain Assessment” describes a quick and easy assessment which an older adult can complete to help identify the pain they are experiencing.

  • Selected Pain Assessment Tools
    • “Selected Pain Assessment Tools” provides an overview of common pain assessment tools used by clinicians to assess pain in older adults including: a verbal descriptor scale, a numeric rating scale, the FACES pain scale which provides pictures of faces that an individual can point to, to describe their pain and the PEG Scale that includes an assessment of pain, enjoyment, and general activity.

Pain Conditions
  • Abdominal Pain
    • "Abdominal Pain" provides an overview of Conditions which case this type of pain, possible interventions and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with Abdominal pain.  
  • Cancer Pain
    • "Cancel Pain" provides an overview of Cancer pain, common treatments,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with Cancer pain.  
  • Chest Pain
    • "Chest Pain" provides an overview of chest pain including potential causes and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with chest pain.  
  • Eye Pain
    • "Eye Pain" provides an overview of normal changes in the aging eye, assessment for issues, possible interventions, and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with eye pain.  
  • Fibromyalgia
    • "Fibromyalgia" provides an overview of what medical professionals assess, possible interventions, and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with pain related to fibromyalgia. 
  • Foot Pain
    • "Foot Pain" provides an overview of  causes of foot pain, possible interventions,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with foot pain.  
  • Headache Pain
    • "Headache Pain" provides an overview of types of headaches, red flag symptoms, assessment, and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with headache pain.  
  • Joint Pain
    • "Joint Pain" provides an overview of different types of joint pain, possible interventions,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with joint pain.  
  • Kidney Stones
    • "Kidney Stones" provides an overview of possible causes of kidney stones, what the medical professional will assess, possible interventions, and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with kidney stone pain.  
  • Lower Back Pain
    • "Low Back Pain" provides an overview of possible cause of LBP, what medical professionals assess, possible interventions,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with low back pain.  
  • Neuropathic Pain
    • "Neuropathic Pain" provides an overview of different types of neuropathic pain, possible treatments,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with neuropathic pain.  
  • Oral Pain
    • "Oral Pain" provides an overview of possible causes of oral pain, what medical professional assess, possible interventions,  and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with oral pain.  
  • Pain vs. Depression
    • "Pain vs. Depression" provides an overview the symptoms of depression vs the symptoms of unmanaged pain and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist.  
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    • "Polymyalgia Rheumatica " provides an overview of Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PRM), the possible symptoms, possible interventions and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with PMR. 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    • "Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)" provides an overview of RA pain, what medical professional assess, possible interventions, and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with RA pain. 
  • Shingles
    • "Shingles" provides an overview of Shingles, including the symptoms and impact, possible interventions and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with Shingles pain.  
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
    • "Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)" provides an overview of normal changes of aging and the increased risk of UIT, assessment, possible interventions and what else the older adults or family caregiver should do to assist with UTI pain.  
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