The GLA:D® program (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Osteoarthritis is the most common lifestyle condition affecting individuals 65 years of age and older, but can also affect those as young as 30. Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis.
In Australia however, treatment usually focuses on surgery. The GLA:D Australia program offers a better and safer alternative.
Research from the GLA:D® program in Australia shows an average pain reduction of 36%, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence. Education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their osteoarthritis. Strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, allows participants to develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
To learn more about GLA:D Australia here.