GLA:D Program – Treatment for Hip and Knee Arthritis

GLA:D Program – Treatment for Hip and Knee Arthritis

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

Background of the GLA:D® Program

Research revealed participants in the GLA:D® program improved symptoms by  32%.  Outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint related analgesic medication and less sick leave.  GLA:D® participants also reported high satisfaction levels with the program and
increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

Can I Participate in GLA:DTM Australia?

 

What does GLA:DTM involve?This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in OA research.

GLA:D™ Australia training consists of:

1. Education:

(i) OA pathology education;
(ii) Conservative exercise management with a focus on joint stability;
(iii) Outline of the six week program;
(iv) Data collection pre and post program.

2. Group neuromuscular supervised training sessions (twice weekly for six weeks) aimed at improving muscle control of the joint.

3. Outcome analysis post program.

Exclusion criteria to registration in GLAD:

• Other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain including:

(i) tumor
(ii) inflammatory joint disease
(iii) hip fracture related pain
(iv) connective tissue disorders
(v) chronic generalised pain
(vi) fibromyalgia

• If you are unable to understand and communicate in English.

Conclusion

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient
education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for OA.
Exercises and training provided can be applied to everyday activities and correct
daily movement patterns. Participants will train to move efficiently.

In Australia, treatment of OA usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:D®
Australia program offers a better and safer alternative.

 

Peter Hogg
noosa_pa@hna.com.au


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