Pain rehabilitation centres are for people suffering from chronic pain. You are initially assessed by a team of different clinicians who then spend time finding out about your pain and how it affects your life.
They look at the medication you are taking and your experiences of other types of pain treatment. If they think the programme might held you then send you forward for the rehabilitation programme.
Not all patients with pain are suitable for pain rehab programmes or would benefit from one and some patients do better having received on than others, but overall the results are good.
Of course not all areas have access to pain rehabilitation programmes but your GP should know where your nearest one is located.
Arthritis Research UK is producing an authoritative report on living with chronic pain, aimed at people like myself. It will be available in 2012 with more details being put into Arthritis Today magazine.