Optimal treatment for hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA)
GLA:D® is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms
What is GLA:D and is it right for me?
Education and exercise programming based on the latest evidence to assist in the management of osteoarthritis (OA). It is suitable for those who experience pain and dysfunction due to OA or joint related pain and exercise intervention are targeted specially to each individuals case.
How do I start GLA:D?
Discuss this with your physiotherapist or simply give us a call to arrange a consultation.
Do I need a referral for GLA:D?
No you do not need a referral from your doctor. You may however ask your doctor for referral to claim some of the sessions under Medicare.
How much does GLA:D cost?
You can use your Private health insurance (pending your cover) which will often cover a portion of the costs. See below for total fees
What does GLAD program entail?
- An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability
- Two education sessions which teach you about OA, its risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.
- Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint and your strength
- A review at 3-months with your physiotherapist to discuss progress and goals, and re-measure your functional ability
- Ongoing monitoring via a questionnaire to ensure areas such as pain, function, quality of life are maintained.
Can I Participate in GLA:D® Australia?
GLA:D® Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee pain or symptoms of OA, regardless of severity.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age.
In Australia, treatment usually focuses on medications and surgery. The GLA:D® Australia program offers a safe alternative that may reduce your need for medications, avoid the need for surgery, and improve your ability to participate more actively in work and recreational activities.
This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their osteoarthritis. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, participants develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression, and reduce pain.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight management as first line treatment for everyone with osteoarthritis.
For more information about GLA:D® Australia:
Private health care rebates do apply and medicare referrals are accepted