1st October 2019
ESCAPE-pain Self-Management Course for Hip and Knee Pain


What is ESCAPE-pain?

Sometimes called the ‘knee or hip class’, ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme designed to reduce pain and disability for people who:
-Are over 45 years of age
-Have had knee and/or hip pain for at least 3 months

ESCAPE-pain is run twice a week over five or six consecutive weeks and requires attendance at all sessions for maximum benefit.

What can I get from a course?
- Information, advice and support to help better manage chronic joint pain and lead a more active life
- A group exercise programme tailored to individual needs
- A chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with arthritis
- Following the course you will have access to the concessions rate at the gym for ongoing management

How do I sign up?
ESCAPE-pain is being delivered in a number of community venues across the area. Overleaf is a list of all of the sites that deliver ESCAPE-pain including how to sign up; you can self-refer in to most classes, however all classes in South Gloucestershire require a referral from your GP to physiotherapy.
Please note, alongside ESCAPE-pain, there are also a number of shorter, free courses that are led by physiotherapy departments across the area. To attend one of these courses you will require a referral from the GP to access physiotherapy.

“I am very pleased that my arthritic knees are not as painful and my overall ability to carry out everyday activities has really improved.”
“It has really changed my life in the way that I manage my knee pain, and the confidence it has given me.”
“I have benefited 100% from the class. My knee is much improved and I have a training programme to help me with the rest of my life.”
“I started barely able to walk with two sticks and in constant pain. It has taken time, nearly two months, but today I am walking without help and generally pain free.”

For further information:
Visit the ESCAPE-pain website at www.escape-pain.org
ESCAPE-pain is also available as a free smart phone app & online through the website. These will guide you through exercise videos and provide you with information to help you better. However, they are best used alongside the course.

ESCAPE-pain Course Details
Details for the classes can also be found of the ESCAPE-pain website at www.escape-pain.org under ‘Living with Joint Pain’ - ‘Find a Class’


*Speak to your GP and request a referral in to physiotherapy. The physiotherapist will then assess you and refer you to the class if appropriate. Sessions are delivered in the community by the exercise instructors and the physiotherapists.