GLA:D Program®

The best first treatment for hip and knee arthritis

GLA:D® (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark), is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.


What does GLA:D® involve?

This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms.

OA Treatment in Australia

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age.

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.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise, and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

GLA:D® Australia training consists of:

  • 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.

Cost? Please discuss this with us. You might be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

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 tumour, 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.

GLA:D® Australia program offers a safe alternative that may avoid the need for surgery.


Background of the GLA:D® Program

Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces 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.

This 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 properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

GLA:D® Australia: A great first line treatment for knee and hip osteoarthritis

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