Residents struggling with arthritis or osteoarthritis can learn to live a less painful life as a new rehabilitation programme gets go ahead to begin this month.

The Council’s Sports Development Team have managed to secure Sport England funding to set up a new pain management course at Bromsgrove Sport and Leisure Centre in partnership with ESCAPE-pain.

Sessions will run weekly on a Monday and Thursday at 2.15pm at the Leisure Centre and cost £3.30 per 1 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 19th April.

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

ESCAPE-pain can:
•    Reduce pain
•    Improve physical function
•    Improve the psychosocial consequences of pain
•    Reduce healthcare and utilisation costs

Hayley Gwilliam, Health Intervention Officer, said: “Living with pain can be really debilitating and sometimes costly. 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. If you think you might benefit from the courses, please get in touch.”

More information about the ESCAPE-pain is available on their website.