The GLA:D program is an exercise and education program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
Results from the GLA:D program in Denmark have shown:
- Symptom progression reduction of 32%
- Less pain
- Reduced use of joint related pain killers
- Less people on sick leave
- High levels of satisfaction with the program
- Increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program
On the success of the GLA:D program in Denmark, this program has been implemented in other countries, and most recently it has been launched in Australia.
The GLA:D Australia program consists of:
- Two education session which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
- Collection data on your current functional ability
- Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life
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 the first line of treatment for OA. In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery. The GLA:D Australia program offers a better and safer alternative. The GLA:D program 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 more effectively, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
At Clifton Hill Physiotherapy we started offering the GLA:D Australia program as one of our services just after Easter 2017, making us one of the first practices in the country to implement this program which reflects the latest evidence in OA research.
We have had 15 participants complete the program so far, and our graduates have consistently achieved good gains in their physical functioning, high levels of satisfaction with the program. Preliminary analysis of the outcome measures collected from our cohort doing the program at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy have shown an average of a 15% reduction in pain levels, and mean improvements of 10% and 27% in walking speed and sit to stand functional test performances respectively three months after starting the program. We have also been very pleased to see that our graduates have made active steps towards maintaining their gains and setting new goals either by continuing with the GLA:D sessions as an ongoing program, or by adherence to a progressive home exercise program of both specific neuromuscular control exercises as well as general exercise.
We are currently running the exercise sessions for this program at 10.30am on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We are looking to launch some extra session times outside of normal work hours soon in response to demand. All GLA:D sessions at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy are currently run by Physiotherapists who have officially trained in the GLA:D program including Cathy Derham, Billy Williams, and David Thwaites.
Be sure to get in touch with our team at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy to find out more about the program if you experience any hip and/ or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
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