A new rehabilitation programme, called ESCAPE Pain, has been launched by our Active Lifestyles Team which aims to help people with osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain self-manage their condition. The evidence based programme is already running at 110 sites across the UK (both in clinical and community settings) and is expanding all the time with the help of the Academic Health Science Networks.

ESCAPE Pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise. The programme aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life and is targeted at those suffering from knee and hip osteoarthritis. 

ESCAPE Pain will be run over five weeks, with participants expected to attend two, one hour sessions per week. Each session contains a 20 minute discussion focused on helping to support self-management, followed by 45 minutes of exercise. Topics discussed include pacing, ice and heat, drug management and managing flare-ups. Participants will need to be referred into the programme by a Health Professional and need to meet the following criteria:

  • must be over 45 years of age
  • have knee and/or hip osteoarthritis or chronic knee and/or hip pain for three months or more
  • need a supervised exercise programme in order to:
    • gain confidence and motivate themselves or
    • get them started on a self-management programme
  • be independently mobile
  • be able to communicate well enough in a group setting
  • have no reason why regular exercise should not be undertaken.

The first two courses will be starting in the New Year, with course 1 starting on Monday 14 January 2019 and course 2 on Monday 25 February 2019 at One Leisure Huntingdon. Sessions will run on both Monday and Wednesday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Each course will be charged at a £30 one-off fee. 

Cllr John Palmer, whose executive responsibilities include One Leisure Active Lifestyles, said: "ESCAPE Pain has already proven to be a great success across the UK and we are excited to see this be as equally successful across Huntingdonshire. One Leisure Active Lifestyles provide plenty of opportunities for our residents to stay fit and healthy, and ESCAPE Pain is going to help people increase physical function and improve quality of life."

For more information on the ESCAPE Pain programme or other programmes offered, contact Darren Lander, Active Lifestyles Development Officer at darren.lander@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or telephone 01480 388857. Alternatively, visit the ESCAPE Pain page.