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What is ESCAPE-pain?

Sometimes called the ‘knee or hip class’, ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme designed to reduce pain and disability for people who have had knee and/or hip pain for at least 3 months.

The ESCAPE-pain course is an award-winning group education and tailored exercise programme, which is clinically proven to benefit people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. The ESCAPE-pain course is free and is provided twice a week over five or six consecutive weeks and requires attendance at all sessions for maximum benefit.  It is delivered by exercise instructors, who have received special training from NHS physiotherapists and community teams.

What can I get from a course?

  • Information and support to help better manage chronic joint pain and lead a more active life
  • A group exercise programme tailored to individual needs
  • A chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with osteoarthritis
  • Following the course you will have access to the gym for ongoing management

How do I sign up?
The local provider delivering the free programme in North Somerset is Age UK Somerset.  Please use their contact details below to make enquiries or to book your place:

Telephone: 01823 345 624


“I am very pleased that my arthritic knees are not as painful and my overall ability to carry out everyday activities has really improved.”

“It has really changed my life in the way that I manage my knee pain, and the confidence it has given me.”

“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.”

“I started barely able to walk with two sticks and in constant pain. It has taken time, nearly two months, but today I am walking without help and generally pain free.”

Visit the ESCAPE-pain website