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GLA:D Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Program

The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. The program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. Mountains Physio is now offering the GLA:D® program to Blue Mountains residents living with osteoarthritis.

What does the GLA:D® program involve?

  • An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability.

  • Two education sessions that teach you about OA, its risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.

  • Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control, strength and confidence of movement.

  • A review at 3-months with your physiotherapist to assess progress and discuss goals.

  • Completion of a questionnaire at start of the program, and then again at 3 and 12 months later to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication use.


Can I Participate in GLA:D® Australia?

GLA:D® Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee pain or symptoms of OA, 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.

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Osteoarthritis Treatment in Australia

Osteoarthritis 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.

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on medications and surgery. The GLA:D® Australia program offers a safe alternative that may reduce your need for medications, avoid the need for surgery, and improve your ability to participate more actively in work and recreational activities.


Research and the GLA:D® Program

The GLA:D® Australia Annual Report (2020) found an average reduction in pain of 27% (hip) and 33% (knee), improved quality of life by 20% (hip) and 29% (knee), and reduced usage of pain medication by 45% (hip) and 49% (knee). Also, less people desired surgery after completing the program.

GLA:D® Australia collects information from participants so it can keep working towards improving access to the best care for people with OA.

More information

Contact Mountains Physio on 0493 283 242

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