GLA:D Australia Osteoarthritis Program | Malvern, Adelaide.

Osteoarthritis is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years and older, and also affects individuals as young as 30 years of age.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for Osteoarthritis.

While these guidelines are in place, Osteoarthritis treatment in Australia still usually focuses on surgery, pain relief or manual treatment before exercise and lifestyle modifications are carried out. The GLA:D Australia program offers a more effective and safer alternative.

GLA:D, or Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

This 6 week education and exercise program had over 30,000 enrolled participants in Denmark, before it was translated and implemented in Canada in 2016 and Australia in 2017. Results have been outstanding with a significant reduction in pain, and an increase in physical activity for those with Osteoarthritis.

12 months after the completion of the GLA:D program, participants, on average, experience:

  • 28% less pain
  • A 20% improvement of quality of life

GLA:D Australia training consists of:

  • An initial appointment assessing your eligibility for the course, explaining what’s involved and measuring your current functional abilities
  • Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
  • 12 Group neuromuscular training sessions (twice a week for six weeks) to improve muscle control of the joint, which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

You don’t need a referral to participate, as you’ll undergo a thorough assessment with one of our Physiotherapists to ensure its appropriate and suitable for you.

This assessment, the training sessions and education sessions are all held at our clinic, Move for Better Health which is located at 5/259 Unley Road, Malvern, Adelaide (South Australia).

GLA:D is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

Outcomes from GLA:D

Outcome measures taken from participants 12 months after they completed the GLA:D program in Denmark, Canada and Australia, showed that on average, the program results in:

  • 28% reduction in pain
  • 20% improvement in quality of life
  • 16% less people taking pain mediation
  • 9.4% reduction in people taking sick leave from work

GLA:D participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

Can I Participate in GLA:D Australia?

GLA:D Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.

You may participate in the program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.

You may not be able to participate in the GLA:D if:

  • There are other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
  • You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
  • You’re unable to understand and communicate in English

Want to join?

If you would like to participate in the GLA:D Australia program at Move, you will need to start by booking your 45 minute Assessment with Physiotherapist, Tom Setchell.

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