GLA:D (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) Program at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy
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:
- A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability
- 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
- 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 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 this year, making us one of the first practices in the country to implement this program which reflects the latest evidence in OA research. We are currently running the exercise sessions for this program at 10.30am on Mondays and Thursdays, and we will look launch some extra session times soon in response to demand. All GLA:D sessions at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy are currently run by Cathy Derham and Billy Williams, Physiotherapists trained in the GLA:D program.