Using the PQRST to Accurately Describe Pain to Your Doctor [Video]

By Roger Foisy on November 13th, 2013

It is very important to effectively describe the pain you feel to your doctor. Without an accurate description, reporting that you are experiencing “pain” will not help the doctor assess your condition.

Furthermore, a vague description does not properly convey how your pain is affecting your ability to function and work. The information you provide to your doctors is used to create reports for the insurance companies. These reports give credibility to your claims. This is why it is essential to fully explain the impact of your injuries, the extent of your pain, and how your daily function has been affected.

You should use the PQRST Method as a tool to help you accurately describe your pain to healthcare practitioners.

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