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 knee and/or hip pain for at least 3 months

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 has a chronic diagnosis of osteoarthritis in their hip, knee or both. Anyone without this diagnosis wont be eligible to attend.

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.

Enderby Leisure Centre, Blaby

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Venue Address:

Enderby Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4LX


Darren Farish
0116 2727703

Huncote Leisure Centre, Blaby

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Huncote Leisure Centre
Sports Field Ln, Huncote, Leicester LE9 3BN


Darren Farish
0116 2727703

Ashby Leisure Centre and Lido, North West Leicestershire

Provisional Session Dates:

  • Monday 5th June
  • Wednesday 7th June
  • Monday 12th June
  • Wednesday 14th June
  • Monday 19th June
  • Wednesday 21st June
  • Monday 26th June
  • Wednesday 28th June
  • Monday 3rd July
  • Wednesday 5th July
  • Monday 10th July
  • Wednesday 12th July

Session Time:

11:45-12:45 (Every session)

Venue Address:

Ashby Leisure Centre and Lido
North St, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1HU

Gorse Covert Community Centre, Charnwood

Session Dates:

  • Monday 20th March
  • Wednesday 22nd March
  • Monday 27th March
  • Wednesday 29th March
  • Monday April 3rd
  • Wednesday April 5th
  • Monday April 10th (TBC)
  • Wednesday April 12th
  • Monday April 17th
  • Wednesday April 19th
  • Monday April 24th
  • Wednesday April 26th

Session Times:

12:30 - 13:30 (Every Monday)
13:00 - 14:00 (Every Wednesday)

Venue Address:

Gorse Covert Community Centre
Maxwell Dr, Loughborough LE11 4RZ

Harborough Leisure Centre, Harborough

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Harborough Leisure Centre
Northampton Road, Market Harborough LE16 9HF

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Sports Development Officer

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

01509 467483