What is ESCAPE Pain?

ESCAPE Pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise. ESCAPE Pain is a rehabilitation programme that helps people with osteoarthritis (OA) and/or chronic joint pain self-manage their condition.

The programme aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life and is targeted at those suffering from knee or hip osteoarthritis.

The programme runs over five weeks, with participants attending for one hour, twice a week. Each session contains around a 20 minute discussion focused on helping to support self-management followed by around 45 minutes of exercise.

How does it work?

Health professionals can refer individuals to the programme which is held at our One Leisure centres.

Who is it for?

ESCAPE Pain is open to any Huntingdonshire resident who currently suffers from OA. Patients are suitable to be referred into the programme if they meet the following criteria:

  • over 45 years of age
  • knee and/or hip OA or
  • chronic knee and/or hip pain for 3 months and more
  • needing a supervised exercise programme in order to:
    • gain confidence and motivate themselves or
    • get them started on a self-management programme
  • independently mobile
  • able to communicate well enough in a group setting
  • no contraindications to regular exercise

How much does it cost?

The programme costs £30 for the 10 sessions. Following the end of the programme  participants will be given the opportunity to continue exercising using the One Leisure Centres, or recommended other activities to continue their progress.

How do health professionals refer a patient?

You can use the online ESCAPE Pain Referral Form to refer a patient or download the form (also available in PDF version). 

All information should be completed as fully as possible and sent (marked private and confidential) to:

One Leisure Active Lifestyles
Huntingdonshire District Council
St Mary’s Street
PE29 3TN