Do you have knee or hip pain? ESCAPE-pain is an education and exercise programme for people with chronic joint pain or osteoarthritis.

ESCAPE-pain is an education and exercise programme for people with chronic joint pain or osteoarthritis.

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 a clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis in either of their hips, knees or both and/or
  • Have chronic pain in either of their hips, knees or both for at least 3 months

Gorse Covert ESCAPE-pain group in Loughborough receiving their graduation certificates.

Gorse Covert ESCAPE-pain group in Loughborough receiving their graduation certificates.

Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre ESCAPE-pain participants receiving their certificates

Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre ESCAPE-pain participants receiving their certificates

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.

What will I get from attending ESCAPE-pain?

Information, advice and support from a Physiotherapist or exercise professional to help better manage your chronic joint pain and lead a more active life.

A group exercise programme tailored to your individual needs and a chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with arthritis.

How does the programme work?

You will attend two classes a week for 6 weeks, for a total of 12 classes. Each class starts with a brief (20 minutes) discussion around a set theme, (i.e. pain; what it is, simple ways to reduce it using heat, ice or rest-activity cycling). This is then followed by 40 minutes of a circuit type exercise programme.

It is important to commit to attending all 12 of the sessions in order to gain the benefits of the programme.

How do I sign up?

Please review the local venue and timetable opportunities below and click the relevant self-referral link. You'll then be asked a few questions to ensure ESCAPE-pain will be appropriate to you needs. A local co-ordinator will contact you shortly after you have completed the self-referral questionnaire.

Use these quick links to get you to a venue timetable quicker:

Frequently asked Questions - all you need to know about ESCAPE-pain

Will there be other people like me there?

Yes, everyone attending ESCAPE-pain will have a clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis in one or both of their hips or knees, and/or be in chronic pain pain in one or both of their hips, knees.

I thought moving more would make things worse?

Some people think that being more active will increase their pain, but after 1-2 sessions you will learn that exercise isn't painful, and start to feel the benefits – be better able to do the exercises, feel more confident and more in control.

Am i too old for it to make any difference?

Physical activity benefits anyone at any age. It's never too late to become more active.

Isn't rest the best thing for joint pain?

No. To prolong the life of a joint you need to be physically active. Strong, well-coordinated muscles are a necessity, not a luxury. They protect your joint and can delay, even prevent, pain and disability, maintaining your independence and dignity.

Do i need to do every activity during each session?

The course facilitator will work with you encouraging you to try to do as many exercises as you can, taking rest in between. The facilitator will work with you to make you more comfortable and confident in your abilities and to progress on the exercises that you do each session.

I have other health conditions. Can i still attend?

We oversee the delivery of the programme and provide training to healthcare providers who are interested in running classes. We aren't a healthcare provider and therefore are unable to give you specific advice on your condition.

We generally advise that if you have other medical conditions that prevent you from taking part in exercise programmes (such as unstable heart conditions, severe angina, blood pressure, your doctor has recently been altering your medication, you often fall or exercise makes you very breathless very soon after you begin to exercise), you should seek advice from your GP, nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

What should i do before my first class?

In order to make sure the programme continues to be successful, you'll be asked to complete some questionnaires about your pain and management during your first class. You'll also be asked to complete questionnaires again at the end of the 6-week programme. This information is useful to see how much progress you have made, and to keep track of how ESCAPE-pain is helping people.

Please be sure to wear some loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes, and bring along a water bottle (you will be completing some exercise circuits), and reading glasses (if required).

Will this programme make me pain free?

ESCAPE-pain is unlikely to completely remove any pain in your hips and knees. 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.

How much does it cost?

ESCAPE-pain is fully funded for eligible participants.

Can i join after the first session?

ESCAPE-pain groups are closed cohorts meaning participants aren't typically invited to attend after a group has begun. If this is the case, you will usually be offered a place on a future cohort.

Enderby Leisure Centre, Blaby

Session Dates:

Monday 23rd October

Wednesday 25th October

Monday 30th October

Wednesday 1st November

Monday 6th November

Wednesday 8th November

Monday 13th November

Wednesday 15th November

Monday 20th November

Wednesday 22nd November

Monday 27th November

Wednesday 29th November

Session Times:

14:00 - 15:00 all sessions

Venue Address:

Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre

Mill Ln, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4LX


Lucie Mugridge
0116 272 7523

Parklands Leisure Centre, Oadby and Wigston

Session Dates:


Session Times:

Venue Address:

Parklands Leisure Centre
Washbrook Ln, Wigston Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5QG


Lucie Mugridge
0116 272 7523

Gorse Covert Community Centre, Charnwood

Session Dates:

**FULLY BOOKED** - New dates coming soon. Please continue to self-refer by clicking the square box to the right

Tuesday 12th September

Thursday 14th September

Tuesday 19th September

Thursday 21st September

Tuesday 26th September

Thursday 28th September

Tuesday 3rd October

Thursday 5th October

Tuesday 10th October

Thursday 12th October

Tuesday 17th October

Thursday 19th October

Session Times:

11.15am-12.15pm (All Sessions)

Venue Address:

Gorse Covert Community Centre
Maxwell Dr, Loughborough LE11 4RZ

Harborough Leisure Centre, Harborough

Session Dates:

**This cohort has now started and can't accept new participants. Dates for new programmes will be released shortly**

  • Monday 4th September
  • Wednesday 6th September
  • Monday 11th September
  • Wednesday 13th September
  • Monday 18th September
  • Wednesday 20th September
  • Monday 25th September
  • Wednesday 27th September
  • Monday 2nd October
  • Wednesday 4th October
  • Monday 9th October
  • Wednesday 11th October

Session Times:

13:00-14:00 (Every Session)

Venue Address:

Harborough Leisure Centre
Northampton Road, Market Harborough LE16 9HF

Measham Leisure Centre

Session Dates:

**This cohort has now commenced and wont be able accept new participants. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for future ESCAPE-pain group in North West Leicestershire, please self-refer by clicking the web-link to the right of this box**

  • Monday 25th September
  • Friday 29th September
  • Monday 2nd October
  • Friday 6th October
  • Monday 9th October
  • Friday 13th October
  • Monday 16th October
  • Friday 20th October
  • Monday 23rd October
  • Friday 27th October
  • Monday 30th October
  • Friday 3rd November

Session Times:

14:15 - 15:15 every Monday

15:15 - 16:15 every Friday

Venue Address:

Measham Leisure Centre

22 High St, Measham


DE12 7HR

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Development Manager

Active Together

I am working flexibly in the office or at home, therefore please contact me via email or phone number provided.

My areas of responsibility are:

- Active Referral (Leicestershire Central Coordination)
- ESCAPE-pain (Leicestershire Central Coordination LCC funded pilots)
- Fit4Surgery Prehabilitation (Cancer) Programme
- Walk, Run, Cycle Together
- North West Leicestershire Link Officer

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