Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise
ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips
Please note: Many ESCAPE-pain sites have suspended face-to-face classes during the COVID-19 outbreak. To see which sites are still providing classes visit our site map.
What is the ESCAPE-pain programme?
ESCAPE-pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise. It is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates education and exercise.
ESCAPE-pain offers two programmes:
ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips: designed to benefit people with chronic knee/hip pain
ESCAPE-pain for backs: designed to benefit people with chronic low back pain
The programme will help you have less pain and learn to cope with your knee and/or hip pain better. ESCAPE-pain is delivered as 2 classes per week for six weeks (12 classes in total). Class size is usually about 8–10 people but can be increased if there is more than one facilitator.
Each class usually starts with a brief (20 minute) group discussion around a specific topic relating to joint pain. This helps participants to share their experiences with other participants, so that shared learning takes place.
This is followed by about 40 minutes of a simple circuit-type exercise programme. A physiotherapist or an exercise professional will supervise the circuit and tailor exercises to suit your needs.
During the first and last session, you’ll be asked to complete some questionnaires about your pain and management. This information is useful to see how much progress you have made, and to keep track of how ESCAPE-pain is helping people.