GLA:D®, Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
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.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis.
The GLA:D Australia program offers a safe, evidence-based first line treatment plan as an alternative to early surgery.
*Outcomes from participants 12 months after they completed the GLA:D program in Denmark, Canada and Australia. Research from the GLA:D program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. GLA:D participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
GLA:D Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
As well as providing the treatment framework for osteoarthritis, GLA:D® Australia collects research data from participants. This data is de-identified, which means that it can’t be used to identify participants. We ask you to complete questionnaires with information about your health and your experiences with osteoarthritis before you start, then at 3 months and again at 12 months. Your physiotherapist will also undertake some progression tests.
The GLA:D® Australia team will use this information to work towards improving access to the best possible care for people with osteoarthritis.
BSc (Hons), MPhty, APAM
B Phty (Hons), APAM