Physiotherapists share advice and support for local people with arthritic pain

By Jamie Hill - 14 January 2019


Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people to a free wellbeing event, which will help people manage their arthritic back, hip and knee pain, and introduce the support that’s available locally.

The Trust’s physiotherapists, Diane Turner and George Snelling will be introducing ESCAPE, a rehabilitation programme which aims to help people suffering from arthritic pain by introducing self-management techniques.

This programme is part of a national research project run by Keele University to help people understand their condition, teach them simple things to cope better with pain, and take them through a personalised exercise plan.

Liza Grashion, spinal specialist from the West Swindon Health Centre will be talking about the early back education group, which provides advice and support on how people can help themselves, to improve the movement, strength and function of their back.

Attendees will also learn about new developments within the Trust’s physiotherapy services, including the health membership scheme with local leisure clubs such as, BETTER in Swindon and Halo in Highworth, which enable those who have undergone physiotherapy in hospital, to continue their rehabilitation in the community at an affordable price.

Commenting on the importance of the event, Diane Turner, lead speaker and the Trust’s physiotherapist said: “Our aim is to empower people who are suffering from arthritic pain to have an active role in managing their own health and wellbeing. Ultimately, we want people to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life, where they are in control of the pain, rather than the pain controlling them.”

The free event will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday, 24 January in the Academy at The Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon.

Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

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