GLA:DTM - Best first treatment for hip & knee arthritis

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

What does GLA:DTM involve?

This education and exercise programme reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms.

GLA:DTM Australia training consist of:

  • A first appointment explaining the programme and collecting data on your current functional ability.
  • Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:DTM Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the programme.
  • 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.
GLA:DTM Australia is run in private, public, and hospital physiotherapy clinics. The cost of the programme can vary depending on location and size of the group. Please discuss this with the provider listed below. You do not need a referral from your Doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the programme, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

Can I Participate in GLA:DTM Australia?

GLA:DTM Australia is a programme for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
You may participate in the GLA:DTM Australia programme 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:DTM Australia programme if:

  • You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including: tumour, 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 are unable to understand and communicate in English.

OA Treatment in Australia

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older, but can also affect 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.

In Australia treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:DTM Australia programme offers a better and safer alternative.

Background of the GLA:DTM Programme

Research from the GLA:DTM programme in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. In Denmark, 74% of patients have avoided knee surgery following the GLA:DTM programme.
Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint related painkillers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:DTM participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the programme and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the programme.

This programme 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.