Enabling Self-management and Coping
with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

Personal Stories

It's important for us to share and celebrate how the ESCAPE-pain programme for knees and hips is helping people take control of their joint pain, self-manage their condition, and return to more physically active lives. See below how participants of the programme 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 please email us at: hello@escape-pain.org. 



  • 4 March 2021: 'March client of the month' - read this news story about Jacqui Simpson from the Livewell service run by Derby City Council. A big birthday prompted Jacqui to re-evaluate her lifestyle and take charge of her painful osteoarthritis.
  • 4 March 2020 - 'ESCAPE-pain gives Crewe resident her smile back' - read about Gail Brereton's experience of the ESCAPE-pain programme and how it helped her improve her quality of life.


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.


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  • Hear from Ann how, before she joined the programme, she needed help completing everyday tasks around the house. Ann shares how the programme taught her how to exercise safely. Ann talks about how her life has significantly changed. She no longer has any pain and is back to leading an active life.


  • Hear from Ray whose pain was affecting his everyday life. Ray needed to take medication to ease his pain, although he didn't want to. Now, after completing the ESCAPE-pain programme, Ray is doing things he would normally not have been able to do, like taking long walks. Ray shares how his life has changed entirely and how he is 'living proof' that ESCAPE-pain works.



  • Hear from Eileen why she would recommend the programme. Before she joined ESCAPE-pain she was nervous about going to the shops, getting up on the curb and the risks of falling over. She has gained lots of confidence since completing the programme and is 'over-the-moon' about the changes to her life.



  • Hear from John how pain was starting to affect his life. Walking was becoming more difficult and he needed pain killers to manage his condition. The ESCAPE-pain programme had a positive impact on his life. Not only has he been able to go back to swimming, which he enjoys, but he has also reduced his use of pain killers so they no longer interfere as much with medication he is on for other conditions.



  • A Wessex leisure centre (River Park, Winchester) offers local people a chance to manage chronic pain and be more active.



  • 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 also 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.



  • 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.



  • ESCAPE-pain participants discuss the benefits of the programme.



Page last reviewed: 10 October 2021. Page last updated: 10 October 2021. Next review date: December 2021