How Mobile Health Can Help Chronic Back Pain. There is an App for That.

Chronic pain affects millions of people each day.  In the never-ending battle to effectively fight back against pain, doctors and patients may have just received a powerful ally. Let’s take a look at how you can utilize your cellphone to help you manage your pain.

The Mistake Everyone Makes

It’s one of the most commonly prescribed pieces of advice to patients and yet, it’s the one thing that patients have the most trouble with. Tracking your pain is critical for both you and your doctor to understand what treatments make your pain better or worse.

Log Your Pain Daily

While it may not seem important at the time, the information you can collect on your pain level, pain location, activity, mood, sleep, and treatments may help your doctor pinpoint the central cause and prescribe a more accurate pain management program.  Even at times when pain is less, it is important to keep your log detailed and accurate.

Easy Way to Keep Track

Taking a large notebook with you to continuously write notes can be cumbersome and inconvenient. Lucky for you, there’s an app for that.

Health tracking apps have exploded in popularity recently – that is for people with diabetes or women that are pregnant.  Fortunately, there is a new mobile app and companion website, PainScale (iOS, Android, Web) that has launched and aims to help individuals find the right pain treatments for their condition.  Apps are easy to use and they go wherever you bring your phone.  If you’re like most people, your phone never leaves your side, providing you with a fast and simple way to take notes on your pain levels.

How to Use a Pain Tracker

Simply download the pain tracking app from iTunes or the Google Play Store. The app will automatically appear on the homepage of your phone. Schedule a regular time in the morning and evening of each day to login to the app to track your condition.  It takes less than 10 minutes and could save you significant pain over time.

Remember to take notes on the following:

  • Severity of your pain
  • Feeling of pain (e.g. – tingling or stabbing)
  • Level of activity during the day
  • The location of the pain
  • Treatments you tried
  • Medications you tried
  • How you slept
  • How you felt throughout the day

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