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Osteoarthritis of the knee - ESCAPE-pain Programme


ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme designed to help people with osteoarthritis self-manage their condition.  The programme aims to increase physical function and improve quality of life.   

The programme runs over 6 weeks, with participants attending for one hour, twice a week.  Each session consists of 20 minutes of discussion, focussed on helping to support self-management and is followed by 40 minutes of exercise.  Participants will start and finish the course together in a single cohort.  The programme aims to show people that they can change their health beliefs and behaviour in order to increase their levels of activity, control symptoms and ultimately the course of their condition.

The course is held at London Road Community Hospital.  Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm  and Fridays 11.30-12.30pm

Eligibility criteria

The ESCAPE-pain programme is suitable for anyone:

  • over 45 years old

  • with a clear diagnosis of knee OA without mechanical symptoms (please refer to NICE guidelines)

  • who has experienced chronic pain for greater than 3 months

  • needing a supervised exercise programme in order to gain confidence and motivate or get started on a self management programme

  • independently mobile (with or without aids)

  • able to communicate well enough to participle in a group setting

  • able to attend all 12 sessions

  • with no contraindications to regular exercise


How to refer / get referred    

  • If you are a patient and feel that the group would benefit you, then please speak to your GP
  • If you are a GP, please complete the referral form attached and send directly to Group Rehabilitation LRCH,  via post or dhft.grouprehab@nhs.net. Alternatively, send to LRCH with your other physiotherapy referrals.


Follow the links below for further information on course content  and referral form