Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

Personal Stories

It's important for us to share and celebrate how the programme is helping people take control of their joint pain, self-manage their condition, and return to more physically active lives. See and read below how ESCAPE-pain participants are changing their lives. 



Remember to use the #LiveBetterDoMore hashtag when tweeting or sharing any participant feedback. We'd love to hear more from you so if you have any stories to share and would like to tell us about your experience of the ESCAPE-pain programme or app email us at: hello@escape-pain.org. 



18 July 2019 - 'Holmes Chapel pensioner transforms her life with ESCAPE-pain class' - read how Joan Allard transformed her quality of life in the Knutsford Guardian


Radio interview 

  • Harrogate arthritis sufferer hails 'active' scheme - ESCAPE-pain participant Jill Quinn talks to Stray FM about her experience of the programme and how it has turned her life around. LISTEN NOW.



  • Chris was diagnosed with arthritis in his hip. Hear him talk about his journey through the ESCAPE-pain programme run by Wiltshire Health and Care.



  • Regina attended the ESCAPE-pain programme run by Mytime Active. Hear how the programme helped her gain her independence back and enabled her to become physically active again - going from relying on a wheelchair to joining a Zumba class.



  • Gillian attended the ESCAPE-pain programme run by Mytime Active. Hear how the programme helped her realise she could help herself and how she took control of her condition using the self-management tips and tools she learnt whilst on the six-week programme.



  • Thousands of people have completed the ESCAPE-pain programme. Hear from past participants about how the programme has helped their pain.



  • Better Care for Osteoarthritis - see what participants from Everybody Sport & Recreation Limited, one of our leisure sector providers, are saying about their experiences of the programme.



  • More feedback from ESCAPE-pain participants who attended the programme run by Everybody Sport & Recreation in Crewe - hear how the programme helped them with their joint pain.



  • NHS Trust first in the country to translate ‘ESCAPE-pain’ chronic joint pain programme into Gujarati. Physiotherapist’s at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust have successfully translated a rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic knee and hip pain into Gujarati for the first time.



Case Studies 


Here are some examples of people who have completed the ESCAPE-pain programme and how it has impacted on their lives. Please click on each case study to see a larger format.



Recent tweets 


Sam Norman @sjanorman Dec 3, 2019: @CornwallFT The Falmouth @escape_pain group trying out some Nordic walking with Kelly from @Walkkernow. Getting active doesn’t have to be boring...just look at that view!

Adrianne Phebey @PhysioPhebes Dec 3, 2019: Icebreaking warm up games using balloons with the @escape_pain cohort Monday afternoon after a great discussion about the benefits of using heat and ice. @VersusArthritis

Airedale MSK Physio @AiredaleMsk Nov 29, 2019: We are coming to the end of our first cycle of @escape_pain at @AiredaleNHSFT. Ruth from @YHAHSN discussing the benefits and outcomes of this excellent program.

I Can Therapy Centre @Ican_therapy Nov 28, 2019: The #icantherapycentre team are half-way through delivering their 1st @escape_pain programme - specialist programme to help manage joint pain - feedback so far includes;

"I'm feeling a lot better."

"I can cope better with my pain."

"I have less pain for longer."


Andy Watmuff @andyallteedup Nov 26, 2019: Week 3 Escape-Pain, 16 participants, one with a pot on their leg!!!! Everyone is doing amazingly well with great feedback on the exercises @escape_pain @HealthyBradford @YorkshireSport @VersusArthritis

Saints Foundation @SFC_Foundation Oct 23, 2019: "Doing it on your own can be difficult, but being part of this group keeps the motivation up. It keeps us coming back."  Congratulations to our latest #EscapePain graduates, who completed their six-week course on Monday.

Andy Watmuff @andyallteedup Oct 22, 2019: Meet Ellie, 85 next month comes to 2 of my seniors excercise groups each week!! Always has a smile on her face #ageisnobarrier #inspirational @healthyBradford #escapepain


Web page last updated: 31 December 2019

Web page last reviewed: 31 December 2019