Best first treatment for hip and knee arthritis
GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
Background of the GLA:D Program
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line treatment for osteoarthritis.
Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduced by 32%. Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
What does GLA:D involve?
A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability.
Two education sessions 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 reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life
3 month follow up appointment to assess your success and adherence to the program
Can I Participate in GLA:D Australia?
GLA:D™ Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity. You may participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.
You may NOT be able to participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if:
You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems(for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
You are unable to understand and communicate in English
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
You do not need a referral from your Doctor. However you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP. You may also be entitled to claim part of the program costs using your private health insurance.
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