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. 



  • We have launched four new case studies to share how the programme is helping people take control of their pain and self-manage their condition.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 7 June 2019 - 'Harrogate arthritis sufferer hails 'active' scheme' - hear Jill Quinn talk to Stray FM about her experience of the programme and how it has turned her life around.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



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 


Kathryn Creech @kathryn_creech Mar 11: New cohort for their first session on the @escape_pain . Today we had Doug who is one of our champions. Doug attended the ESCAPE-Pain and @refreshbwd referral programme. #inspiringothers @ELHT_AHPs @RichBrowntown @amylougreeno

Everybody Leisure @EBLeisure Mar 9: Read all about Gail's amazing journey on @escape_pain, and how exercise has changed her life https://bit.ly/39CMECm @HINSouthLondon

Jacquelyn @Jacquelyn1967 Mar 5: Loved my 6 week Escape pain at @STSFTrust with Physio Ryan. Miss going but still keeping up with some of the exercises! Favourite quote from Ryan #motionislotion which is really true with osteoarthritis. I would recommend it to anyone! X

Andrew Bennett @andypbennett79 Mar 4: Fantastic to hear positive feedback re the @escape_pain hip and knee groups being newly delivered in our @SuttonHandC @epsom_sthelier community MSK service, especially the development of informal social networks and patient advocates #musculoskeletal


Page last reviewed: 20 August 2020. Page last updated: 20 August 2020. Next review date: 1 October 2020