We’ve all been through it. What’s your pain on a scale from 1-10? It’s asked by doctors all over the world to gauge the damage that has been done and help to determine a course of action to alleviate the pain and fix the injury.

At QiVantage, we’re no different (at least when it comes to the pain scale). We specialize in injury treatment and the pain scale 1-10 is used in every recommendation that we make to our injured customers. Let’s take a look at how the pain scale is used, what it means, and how we incorporate it into our process of helping you to choose the injury treatment kit that is best for you and your injury.

You’ve probably answered this question many times in your life (especially if you’re a lifelong athlete), but do you know what each point on the pain scale 1-10 actually means? Let’s check it out.

1 – pain is barely noticeable and you often forget about it.

2 – pain is very minor, though you may have occasional moments of stronger pain.

3 – pain is noticeable and can be distracting, but you can get used to it.

4 – pain is moderate and can affect your athletic activities.

5 – pain is very distracting, but can be managed to continue to participate in some activities.

6 – pain is starting to interfere with normal daily activities and you may have difficulty concentrating.

7 – pain is severe, significantly limits your daily life, and can affect your sleep.

8 – pain is intense and physical activity is very limited.

9 – pain is excruciating, physical activity is impossible, and nearly every movement hurts.

10 – pain is unspeakable. You are likely bedridden and delirious. This is a level of pain that very few people ever experience.

Levels 1-3 are considered mild pain, 4-6 are considered moderate pain, and 7-10 are severe pain.

Typically, the level of pain directly correlates to the amount of damage that has been done to the muscle or joint. We use this information along with other information such as age, injury type, when you were injured, whether it was a first time injury or a recurring injury, and if you’re in a hurry to recover or not. All of this information goes into our proprietary injury assessment score.

We have four injury kit options to help our injured customers to recover from almost any injury. Kits range from mild to chronic and choosing the right kit for your injury is important to the success of the product as well as the speed at which you will be able to heal from your injury.

Injury Treatment Kits


As a general rule, the mild injury treatment kit is meant to relieve tension from a small tweak or strain and prevent it from turning into something worse. Typically, people in the 1-3 pain scale range fall into this category (though it’s not a perfect indicator).

The moderate injury treatment kit is meant to eliminate swelling, reduce pain, and speed your body’s natural healing process for grade 1 injuries. Your pain level typically falls in the 3-5 range (though it’s not a perfect indicator).

The severe injury treatment kit is meant to help quickly reduce swelling and pain of a severe (grade 2) muscle pull or joint injury. Your pain level is likely in the 6-9 range (though it’s not a perfect indicator).

The nagging/chronic treatment kit is meant to help athlete that are suffering from a moderate or severe injury (grade 1 or 2) that won’t go away. It’s meant to help end that nagging injury and your pain can be between a 3-9. This is the most comprehensive kit.

In order to fully heal, it’s important to understand what your pain level is on a scale of 1-10 and what that actually means about your injury. We rely on understanding that information (amongst other information) to identify the kit needed to get you back to your sport as quickly as possible. Let us help you identify your injury and which kit and process is right for you! Take our FREE Injury Assessment and we’ll deliver custom recommendations for you and your injury directly to your email inbox!