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Pain Management

Whether you are recovering from an illness or surgery, pain management is an important part of your care. At North Kansas City Hospital, we want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your stay. We will work with you to develop a flexible pain management plan that meets your specific needs. When you understand your pain and your pain relief options, it’s easier to take an active role in controlling it.

Measure Your Pain

While it may not always be possible to have your pain level at zero, we will do everything we can to keep it at a tolerable level. 

We may ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10 Scale or choose a word that best describes your pain, such as constant, sharp, dull or aching. Your pain rating helps us know how well your treatment is working and whether to
make changes.

Alternative Pain Relief

While pain medications are commonly used to manage discomfort, they are not your only option. Depending on your medical condition, we may also use other pain treatment methods, including:

  • CARE channel
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Hand, back and/or foot rub
  • Hot or cold pack application
  • Light activity
  • Pillow support
  • Repositioning
  • Showers or baths
  • Soothing music

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