Your Care - Pain Management

Pain management is one of your patient rights.


The doctors and staff of Washington Health System Washington Hospital are committed to helping control your pain.


Each person experiences pain in a different way. It is very important that your pain be controlled so that your recovery can continue. You must tell your doctor, nurse, therapist, or anyone else who cares for you if you are having pain. By telling your doctor and the staff about your pain, you are helping the doctor to plan your care.


You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale from 0 to 10 (no pain is rated as 0). You will also be asked where your pain is located. You should report your pain promptly. You should also tell the staff if the pain changes in any way.

When you have pain that is not treated, you may not be able to do the things necessary to help in your recovery. For example, excessive pain may make it difficult for you to breathe deeply, which could lead to the development of pneumonia. Unrelieved pain may make it difficult for you to walk and move properly, which could cause blood clots to form.


There are many ways your pain can be controlled. One of the most effective methods is pain medication.


We can administer pain medication in several ways:

  • Pills
  • Skin patches
  • Injections
  • Suppositories
  • IV (intravenous)
  • PCA (equipment that allows you to give yourself pain medication when you need it)


Pain can also be relieved by other methods, either used alone or in addition to medication. Some of the non-medication methods of pain relief are:

  • Massage
  • Heat or cold applications
  • Changing position
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation techniques


Tell your doctor or the hospital staff if the pain treatment is not working. Your pain management plan may need to be adjusted to give you the best results. Remember that reporting your pain is giving your medical team the important information that they need to help you with your recovery.