New programme rolling out across Norfolk

New programme rolling out across Norfolk

Published by Grace Marner
12:01pm 19th August 2019.

The ESCAPE-pain programme will be rolled out across Norfolk.

It aims to help people with Osteoarthritis to exercise without the use of painkillers.

People with the condition are often scared to exercise because it can be painful for their knees and hips and they think it could damage their joints further.


But exercise has been found to be the most effective treatments.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that results in pain and disability and can severely affect the lives of people. 

Whether its stiffness or pain in their joints that stops people enjoying activities with family and friends this summer, or muscle weakness and inflammation getting in the way of simply getting out and about. 


The main goal of treatment for people is to self-manage which will help relieve the common symptoms of osteoarthritis, improve everyday physical function and support mental wellbeing.

People in the East of England will soon be able to try a rehabilitation programme that aims to relieve them of chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips without taking drugs.

The programme aims to help them get more active and offer an improved quality of life for up to 2½ years. 


Supported by the NHS, charity Versus Arthritis, the AHSN Network and Public Health England, the ESCAPE-pain self-management programme, (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) teaches people exercises to give them a greater understanding of their condition.

Almost three quarters of the participants who took part in the programme (70%) reported to have improved their ability to take part in daily activities, 66% reporting pain reduction and 59% having a better quality of life and mental wellbeing.

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