Musculoskeletal-related pain has a major impact on individuals and society. In the United Kingdom, an estimated 9.3 million working days were lost to musculoskeletal (MSK) pain between 2008-2009 with back, neck, shoulder and knee pain being the most commonly reported MSK problems. MSK-related pain is the second most common reason for GP visits and accounts for approximately 20-30% of all GP consultations in the UK.
ESCAPE-pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise. It is an evidence-based, cost effective, 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. The programme was developed by Professor Mike Hurley and was originally devised for people with knee osteoarthritis.