What is ESCAPE-Pain?
It is a programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
The programme will help you:
- Be in less pain.
- Improves physical function, allowing you to live better and do more.
- Manage your symptoms.
- Be more active.
- Improve your mental well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Delivered in partnership with Health Sandwell.
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).
Each class usually starts with a brief group discussion around a specific topic relating to joint pain. This is an opportunity to share your experiences with people with similar pain, finding out how they manage their condition in supported and safe environment.
This is followed by an exercise programme tailored to you. An exercise professional will supervise the session and you will be supported every step of the way.
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.
Is this programme for me?
If you are eligible, you need to:
- Live, work or registered at a GP in Sandwell
- Be aged 45 or over
- Have knee and/or hip pain for at least 6 months
- Independently mobile and able to carry out easy exercise
- Be committed to taking part in 2 classes per week over 6 weeks