Chronic pain clinic

Paediatric MSK Chronic Pain

It is normal to feel pain at times; your body feels pain as a warning signal, and to tell you something is wrong, either due to injury or illness. As your body heals the pain fades and goes away. This is called acute pain and it keeps you safe and well, and tells you to look after yourself.

Chronic or Persistent Pain Syndrome is where the pain stays, even though the injury or illness has healed, and sometimes chronic pain can start even though you have not had an injury or illness.

When someone has Chronic/Persistent Pain Syndrome, it is common:

  • For pain medicine not to work.
  • To see lots of Doctors and have lots of examinations.
  • For tests (blood tests, X-rays, MRI) to show up as normal, as if there is nothing wrong.
  • For the pain to be in one place, several places or all over the body.
  • For the pain to change, throughout the day, or from day to day.
  • For people to not understand what it is.
  • To feel sad and worried about having Chronic/Persistent Pain.

How can we help? 

Our Therapy Team work closely with Doctors and Psychologists with a special interest in supporting Children and Young People with Chronic/Persistent Pain.

We work with you and your family to help you find the right type of management and support and help you get back to enjoying the things you like to do. 


  • Teach you about Pain (Pain Education)
  • Pacing (Finding what amount/level of activity suits you)
  • Relaxation
  • Help you to find ways to cope more easily with your problems and worries
  • Help you to find the activities and exercises that suit you
  • Help you to find ways to have better sleep


Useful links / websites:

Pain Management

Management of Persistent Pain (Pacing) Tool kit and information on pacing for children managing persistent pain 

Pain Bytes Pain Network Website giving information and advice on chronic pain in leaflet and video format aimed at Children and Young People

Flippin’ PainTM is a public health campaign aiming to change the way we think about, talk about and treat persistent pain

My Pain Toolkit by Peter Moore

Understanding pain in 5 minutes

Body in Mind- The role of the brain in Chronic Pain

Emotional Well-Being

Moodspark- A place where young people aged 10-16 can learn how to look after their emotional and mental health and find ways to help them bounce back when life gets tough

The Kent Resilience Hub - Resources to support 10-16 year old to cope better with the pressure of everyday life. 

Peace Out Guided Relaxation for Kids | 1. Balloon 

YoungMinds Website

Kooth, on-line support and counselling for Young People

Activity ideas 

Pilates Physiotherapist Pilates workout for teenagers with lower back pain. 

Pilates for Pain Management - A 15 minute video to do at home Pilates video aimed at managing pain.  

Yoga YouTube channel releasing daily yoga workouts for families, children and young people.