ActiveLife: ESCAPE Pain Rehabilitation Programme

Who can be referred?

The programme is aimed at Newcastle under Lyme Residents who suffer at people with either Osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip or who have Chronic Lower Back Pain which has lasted longer than 3 months. Residents must be in a stable condition, safe to exercise and not awaiting further investigation.

Inclusion criteria 

  • Mild-moderate osteoarthritis, where physical activity will provide symptomatic relief. 
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee and/or Hip only (45 years of age and older). 
  • Chronic lower back pain (3 months or more) (18 years of age and older). 
  • Independent and mobile and able to carry out regular exercise. 
  • Able to attend 2 exercise classes per week for 6 weeks 
  • You have not been a member of or been on any programme at Jubilee2 in the past 3 months.
  • Must live in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

 Exclusion criteria 

Absolute contra indications for exercise: 

  • Hypertension rest SP >180 or DBP >100 BPM. 
  • Symptomatic hypotension -significant drop in BP during exercise / dizziness / light headedness. 
  • Pain dizziness or excessive breathlessness experienced during exertion. 
  • Other rapidly progressing terminal illness. 
  • Any unstable or uncontrolled condition. 
  • Unstable Angina (risk of provoking ischaemia or MI). 
  • Unstable or acute heart failure – pitting oedema, dyspnoea. 
  • Unstable Diabetes. 
  • New or uncontrolled arrhythmias (irregular pulse, Atrial Fibrillation, heart block, new bradycardia). 
  • Tachycardias (resting HR >100 BPM). 
  • Febrile illness (flu/fever). 
  • Individuals experiencing acute uncontrolled psychiatric conditions.
  • Any other condition that restricts ability to exercise safely.