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GLA:D® Osteoarthritis Program

What is GLA:D®?

Woman with knee painGLA:D® stands for “Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark”. It is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. It was then brought to Australia in 2016 to help Australians with hip or knee osteoarthritis.

Research from the GLA:D® program in Australia shows an average pain reduction of 36%, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence.

GLA:D® 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.

What does the GLA:D® program involve?

  • An initial appointment with a Physio to explain the program and measure your current functional ability.
  • 2 education sessions which teach you about osteoarthritis, its risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.
  • 12 group exercise sessions over 6 weeks to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint and your strength.
  • A review at 3-months with your Physio to discuss progress and goals, are re-measure your functional ability.
  • You complete a questionnaire on registration with the program, and then again at 3 and 12 months after registration to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication use.

For more information:

Our Physiotherapist, Megan McGloin, is GLA:D® trained and certified to deliver the program here at Arena Joondalup Physiotherapy. We take regular intakes throughout the year:

There is an initial education session, followed by:

  • 6-week Exercise program
  • Tuesday and Thursdays, 1 to 2 pm

For more details please call us on Arena Joondalup Physiotherapy.

GLA:D® Osteoarthritis Program | (08) 9301 1600