WHAT IS IT?
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. 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.
- At the first appointment we explain the programme and collect data on your current functional ability
- Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:DTMAustralia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the programme
- 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 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 or if you are covered by a private health fund for Physiotherapy.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN GLA:D™ AUSTRALIA?
GLA:D™ 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:D™ 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:D™ 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:D™ Australia programme offers a better and safer alternative.
Background of the GLA:D™ Programme
Research from the GLA:D™ programme in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. In Denmark, 74% of patients have avoided knee surgery following the GLA:D™ programme.
Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint related painkillers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D™ 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.
Out patients have greatly benefited from the GLA:D hip and knee rehabilitation programme.