Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

Living with joint pain

What is the ESCAPE-pain programme?

ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and hips, also known as osteoarthritis, that integrates simple education, self-management and coping strategies, with an exercise regimen individualised for each person.

What to expect?

The programme will help you have less pain and learn to cope with your knee and/or hip pain better. ESCAPE-pain is delivered as 2 classes per week for six weeks (12 classes in total). Class size is usually about 8–10 people but can be increased if there is more than one facilitator.

Each class usually starts with a brief (20 minute) group discussion around a specific topic relating to joint pain. This helps participants to share their experiences with other participants, so that shared learning takes place.

This is followed by about 40 minutes of a simple circuit-type exercise programme. A physiotherapist or an exercise professional will supervise the circuit and tailor exercises to suit your needs.

During the first and last session, you’ll be asked to complete some questionnaires about your pain and management. This information is useful to see how much progress you have made, and to keep track of how ESCAPE-pain is helping people.


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What to bring?

All exercise equipment will be provided. It's recommended that you:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear comfortable, flat shoes (e.g. trainers)
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Bring reading glasses, if you need them.

Have you attended an ESCAPE-pain class?

Please email us at hello@escape-pain.org and tell us what you thought of the programme and how it's affected the way you manage your joint pain.

Support tools

We have designed some support tools to help you continue exercising safely in your home, after you have completed the face-to-face ESCAPE-pain programme. Please see here for further information.

This infographic describes the participant benefits of the ESCAPE-pain programme:


Page last reviewed: 14 May 2020. Page last updated: 14 May 2020. Next review date: 1 July 2020