Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise


ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, 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. 


Robust evaluation shows that ESCAPE-pain:


Tips for supporting ESCAPE-pain participants during COVID-19 outbreak


We'd like to remind you of the availability of the ESCAPE-pain digital support tools which replicate the face-to-face programme and are free to use.

We recommend you read through our ESCAPE-pain support tools guidance which contains our top tips for getting the best out of the ESCAPE-pain support tools before deciding which one you'd prefer to use.

Both tools take the users through a six-week programme, with two sessions per week, each containing:



ESCAPE-pain class locations

The ESCAPE-pain programme's 290+ sites have suspended face-to-face classes during the COVID-19 outbreak.


We look forward to working with these sites when the situation improves to get classes back up and running. We know that many sites are exploring ways of supporting their participants to remain active during this period.

If you were attending your classes at a leisure centre it is possible that your provider is offering telephone support or virtual classes on the Internet, either live via Facebook or recorded sessions via YouTube. To find out more we recommend visiting your provider's website to see how they have adapted their services.

If this is not an option we encourage participants to use one of our digital support tools, mentioned above. For any questions please email hello@escape-pain.org​


Celebrating the ESCAPE-pain programme


To honour the ESCAPE-pain national programme we are sharing four new video case studies from participants around the country, who along with thousands of other people, have made positive improvements to their lives as a result of completing the programme. Here from Ann, Ray, Eileen and John how their lives have changed.






​For more videos and case studies visit our Personal Stories page.


Our colleagues at Versus Arthritis have produced an ESCAPE-pain animation to celebrate the programme and our partnership. Have a look to see what we've been up to.





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 personal 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. 


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Contact us by email at hello@escape-pain.org for more information.


Page last reviewed: 04 May 2020. Page last updated: 04 May 2020. Next review date: 1 July 2020



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