If you operate for pain, shouldn't you measure it?

Common surgical indications for orthopedic surgery are pain, deformity, and loss of function. Extensive quantitative measurements exist for deformity and loss of function, but few for pain.

The OUCH! Test is a means to measure a patient's opinion of their pain tolerance and their pain experience. Like other psychometric tests, the OUCH! Test has a subjective aspect. Unlike other pain assessments, this test includes a uniform quantitative measure for comparison. This is expeciqally beneficaial when there is a descrepancy of self-reporting high pain tolerance and a high pain experience with the test. Improved patient selection may reduce medical malpractice occurrence. Pain can be subjective, back your position by data.

The patient first rates how they perceive their pain tolerance. A small standard weight is dropped from various heights on the gravity-based apparatus on their fingernail and/or affected body part. The patient rates the pain they experienced. The patient's pain experience then can be compared with demographic data such as age, gender, ethnicity and employment with a control group and a group of patients with a similar problematic body part.

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