Pain management apps

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months, and sometimes for years. Keeping a pain diary and tracking how your pain affects your daily activities can be a useful way to help you understand what makes your pain worse and what helps to relieve your pain. It can also help you describe to your healthcare team how your pain has been affecting you over time. This can be done by keeping a paper diary, or more recently with the use of apps for chronic pain. Here are some apps that we have reviewed.

App  Features Clinical review
Manage my Pain 


  • Pain log
  • Symptom tracker
  • Trigger recording
  • Graphs and reports
  • Reports for sharing
  • Requires upgrade for more features
  • Available from Google Play
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about Manage my Pain
PainScale - Pain Diary and Coach app 

 
  • Pain log
  • Symptom tracking
  • Education and information 
  • Graphs and reports
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about PainScale- Pain Diary and Coach app
Pain diary - Catch My Pain
 
 
       
 
  • Pain log
  • Trigger recording
  • Graphs and reports
  • Reports for sharing
  • Online community
  • Requires upgrade for more features
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about Pain diary- Catch My Pain

References

  1. Rahman QA, Janmohamed T, Pirbaglou M, et al. Patterns of User Engagement With the Mobile App, Manage My Pain: Results of a Data Mining Investigation. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Jul 12;5(7):e96. 
  2. Chaudhry BM. No gain without pain: using pain tracking mobile Apps. Mhealth. 2016 Jul 4;2:27. 
  3. Lalloo C, Jibb LA, Rivera J, et al. "There's a Pain App for That": Review of Patient-targeted Smartphone Applications for Pain Management. Clin J Pain. 2015 Jun;31(6):557-63. 
  4. Wallace LS, Dhingra LK. A systematic review of smartphone applications for chronic pain available for download in the United States. J Opioid Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;10(1):63-8.  
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 27 Feb 2018