ESCAPE-pain is a group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
Hear more about the ESCAPE-pain programme from participants and providers
Over 20,000 people have completed the ESCAPE-pain programme. Hear the benefits some of those people have found.
Are you looking to add an evidence-based programme to your service that helps people to self-manage their chronic knee, hip or back pain? Hear from Dr Dominic Breen-Turner, from One Wight Health on why they considered the ESCAPE-pain programme for the Isle of Wight.
Regina attended ESCAPE-pain at a leisure run by MyTime. She became more active, regained her independence and instead of relying on a wheelchair has joined a Zumba class!
Susannah Arrowsmith, from Healthiness Ltd, a social enterprise that aims to increase people’s physical activity in inner city Liverpool, describes how ESCAPE-pain helped their local population and their organisation.
Are you considering adopting the programme? Rob Jones, from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, explains how they went about implementing the programme and what they’ve done to make it sustainable.
Reluctantly, Ray was taking medication every day to ease his pain. Ray describes how ESCAPE-pain changed his life so that he now taking long walks again, and his life is returning to normal.
Latest news & tweets
- 30 March, 2023: ESCAPE-pain awarded Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as ‘Site of the month’ for March. The award highlighted the teams hard work in empowering participants to build a network of support, helping them to live well and self-manage conditions within communities.
- 20 March, 2023: ESCAPE-pain highlighted as a method of prevention for negative impacts of MSK conditions in ARMA’s ‘MSK Service Improvement Key Messages’.
- 20 March, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in The Kings Fund’s Health and Wellbeing Bulletin, as a case study within Sport England’s ‘Active Ageing and Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Programmes: Final Evaluation Report’.
- 25 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain awarded Everybody Health and Leisure as ‘Site of the Month’, recognising their 5 years of hard work and dedication to the ESCAPE-pain programme.
- 22 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain and Orthopaedic Research UK support UK Active and leading bodies for health, sport, fitness and leisure, in urging the Prime Minister to intervene as grassroots facilities face ‘final straw’ if energy relief ends. Read the full press release.
- 15 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in ARMA’s February Newsletter: ‘ESCAPE-pain part of framework to reduce community MSK waits’.
- 15 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in ARMA’s February Newsletter: MSK Health inequalities resource page in MSK Health Equalities – Report of Roundtable.
- 15 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in ARMA’s February Newsletter: Trailblazing Pilot Sees Musculoskeletal Programme Expand to 100 Leisure Centres as ukactive Ramps Up Activity Therapy Service.
- 02 February, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured on Leisure Opportunities website: Musculoskeletal health hub pilot expands to 100 sites as MSK cost to UK hits £5bn a year.
- 31 January, 2023: ESCAPE-pain referenced within ARMA’s ‘Understanding musculoskeletal health for social prescribing’ Webinar.
- 31 January, 2023: ESCAPE-pain featured in ukactive’s press release: Trailblazing pilot sees musculoskeletal programme expand to 100 leisure centres as ukactive ramps up activity therapy service.
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We hope our free-to-use ESCAPE-pain Online programme and smartphone app can help people remain active and manage their joint pain. Learn more about our digital support tools.