Chronic - what does it mean?

Chronic means you have had pain for more than 12 weeks.

It’s nothing to do with severity.  Just length of time.

Having had pain for more than 12 weeks is pretty open-ended.  It might have been a few months; it might have been many years.

The longer you have had pain for is a good indication of how long it’s going to take to get better.  And how much support from us you are likely to require.

Remember to stick to the rules of rehabilitation for chronic pain:


We adhere to lower back pain guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and are members of The International Association for the Study of Pain.