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A helping hand for arthritis sufferers in Redditch anxious to escape daily pain

Correspondent 2nd Jun, 2018

RESIDENTS struggling with arthritis or osteoarthritis can learn to live a less painful life as a new rehabilitation programme starts this month.

The Borough Council’s sports development team have been working with The Health Innovation Network and have secured Sport England funding to set up a new pain management course at the Windmill Centre in partnership with ESCAPE-pain.

ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise programme.

It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can do themselves and takes them through a progressive exercise routine so they can learn how to cope better.

Sessions will run weekly on a Monday and Thursday at 10.30am at the centre on Rye Grass Lane, B97 5YE and cost £3.30 per one hour session.

Participants are required to attend two sessions a week for six weeks to get the benefit of the course.

The group will start on Thursday, June 14.

ESCAPE-pain can:

• Reduce pain

• Improve physical function

• Improve the psychosocial consequences of pain

• Reduce healthcare and utilisation costs

Councillor Gareth Prosser, whose portfolio covers Health and Activity, said: “This new programme aims to help people help themselves, making their lives more comfortable and reducing the cost of healthcare both personally and at NHS level.

“Suffering with pain can be debilitating and painkillers often just mask the problem, leaving you feeling worse when they wear off. If you think you might benefit from the course and want help to find a new way to deal with pain, please get in touch.”

For more information about the ESCAPE-pain programme go to

To discuss the ESCAPE-pain sessions and find out if they would be suitable for you, please contact the Sports Development Team on 01527 881404 or email


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