This guideline is currently being updated. Further information can be found on the low back pain (update) page.
This guideline is about the care and treatment that people who have persistent non-specific low back pain can expect from the NHS in England and Wales to help them manage their pain.
Non-specific low back pain is caused by problems with structures in the back, such as joints, discs, muscles, tendons or ligaments. The guideline covers the management of pain that has lasted for longer than 6 weeks but less than a year.
This guideline was previously called low back pain: early management of persistent non-specific low back pain.