Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise



​If you are new to ESCAPE-pain, email escape-pain@oruk.org for links to our new e-Learning resource 'Are you ESCAPE-pain Ready?'. It helps prospective providers find out how to implement the programme in their organisation. 


The flexibility of the ESCAPE-pain programme means it can be delivered in a variety of locations and by a variety of professionals. ESCAPE-pain has been successfully delivered in hospital outpatient physiotherapy departments to leisure centres/gyms, and in community settings such as church halls and community centres.

This information is intended for those who are considering, or have already started, delivering one or both of the ESCAPE-pain 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 two programmes complement each other, however they are two separate programmes, with their own evidence, participant eligibility criteria, session content and facilitator training requirements. Facilitators must be trained in each to deliver both programmes. To learn more about the facilitator training courses, eligibility requirements and schedule of dates/locations, please see the facilitator training page

The research, evidence, and endorsements for each programme can be found in the ‘about us’ section.


ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips

ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips delivers the NICE core recommendations of exercise and education for the management of osteoarthritis. 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 aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life. It was developed by Professor Mike Hurley and was originally devised for people with knee osteoarthritis.

Our infographic shows the clinical and economic benefits of the ESCAPE-pain for knee/hip programme:


Infographic showing the aims and benefits of the ESCAPE-pain programme from a provider or commissioner point of view.

ESCAPE-pain for backs:

ESCAPE-pain for backs implements the NICE clinical guidelines for the management of low back pain [NG59]. The programme builds upon the strong evidence base behind the original ESCAPE-pain programme for knees and hips, following the same model and structure to help participants self-manage non-specific low back pain.


For further information please email: hello@escape-pain.org

Page last reviewed: 6 January 2022. Page last updated: 6 January 2022. Next review date: March 2022