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Exercise classes help people ESCAPE hip & knee pain


8 July 2019


 The ESCAPE-pain exercise programme for people with knee or hip pain launches officially today at Teddington Memorial Hospital. Thousands of Richmond-upon-Thames residents could be eligible to attend the programme.

Official figures estimate that 73,645 local people have osteoarthritis in the knees and/or hips. To be considered for ESCAPE-pain in Richmond, you will need to be referred to physiotherapy for an assessment and be registered with a Richmond GP.

James Pain, clinical specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Teddington Memorial Hospital, said: “We see a large number of people with chronic pain in their knees and/or hips every week at Teddington Memorial Hospital.

“ESCAPE-pain is an innovative NHS programme that teaches people how to deal with their pain through simple exercises to help them live healthier and more active lives. The programme is clinically proven to help people feel better and keep moving. I am delighted that we are able to support residents in the borough of Richmond by setting up this fantastic programme.”

The programme was developed by Professor Mike Hurley and is hosted by the Health Innovation Network. It is being rolled out nation wide with support from NHS England and Versus Arthritis.

Professor Mike Hurley, clinical director MSK programme at the Health Innovation Network, said: “ESCAPE-pain is now being delivered in every region in the country, including several sites in other parts of London. We are delighted it is starting to be delivered in Teddington. 

“I hope that the many local people suffering with knee and hip pain find this innovative approach as helpful in making their lives better as people in many other parts of the country do. We look forward to them sharing their experiences with us.”  

The programme is widely available across England, operating in more than 190 sites. Classes are run in a variety of locations from hospital physiotherapy departments to leisure centres and gyms, from church halls to community centres.  ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based group rehabilitation programme (12 sessions twice weekly for 6 weeks). It improves participants’ function by integrating exercise, education, and self-management strategies to alter behaviour and encourage regular physical activity.