Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS)
What it measures:
The Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) assesses the extent of catastrophic thinking due to low back pain according to 3 components: rumination, magnification, and helplessness.
It is a 13-item scale, with a total range of 0 to 52. Higher scores are associated with higher amounts of pain catastrophizing.
This test was identified by the Section on Women’s Health Task Force for use in functional limitation reporting. http://www.ptnow.org/FunctionalLimitationReporting/TestsMeasures/Default.aspx
The PCS was supported by the Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guideline authored by APTA’s Orthopaedic Section (Delitto, et al, 2012).
You Might Also Like...
Clinical SummaryNeuropathic Ulcer
Aug 8, 2017
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the sensory, motor, and autonomic functions of peripheral nerves are affected.
Clinical SummaryNeck Pain
Jun 27, 2017
PTs may perform an evaluation to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the patient's pain and activity limitations.
CPGPelvic Girdle Pain in the Antepartum Population: Physical Therapy CPG Linked to ICF (CPG+)
Apr 30, 2017
Recommendations for clinical reasoning processes in the examination and intervention of females with prenatal pelvic girdle pain.