Your doctor may often ask about changes in your function along with changes in your pain scores throughout your treatment.
At times patients may report little improvement in their pain scores, when questioned further they do show a significant improvement in function, due to the treatments they received.
One of the important things a patient must do is evaluate him/herself for improvement in function and not just improvement in their pain score. Increase in function can be a goal to focus on when deciding on treatment options to improve your overall quality of life.
Having goals relating to increased function can create more structure to one’s management, as well as justification for use of medications and treatments.
Goals that you set should be simple and reasonable, such as being able to complete a favorite hike, or being able to take one’s grandchildren fishing, etc.