The visual analog scale (VAS) is a unidimensional measure of pain intensity allowing the physician to measure change in pain over time with multiple administrations. It is scored on a scale of 0 to 21 with a score of 0 indicating no pain and a score of 21 indicating intolerable pain.
Surveys are sent to patients that have been scheduled for lumbar fusion, lumbar discectomy/laminotomy, and total knee replacement. In reviewing your physicians’ scores, you should expect to see a higher baseline score for patients followed by a decrease in score at subsequent administration points with treatment.
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