GLA:D

Power Physiotherapy is proud to bring the GLA:D™

programme to our patients.

Our Physiotherapists, Stefano Vinci and Darren Cheah are trained and certified to bring this very specific programme to you for the management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.

What does GLA:D™ stand for?
GLA:D™ stands for Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark.

It 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 program involves both an education and exercise component which reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research.
What will you learn in the programme?
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A better understanding of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.

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The risk factors and symptoms.

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A discussion regarding the optimal treatment.

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The benefits of exercise.

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The activities of daily living that you can do.

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Coping and self-help strategies and tools.

The GLA:D™ Australia training program at Power Physiotherapy consists of:
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A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability.

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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

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Group exercise 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.

You do not need a referral from your Doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from your private health fund under the following codes 560 or 561.
Can I Participate in GLA:DTM 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:
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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.

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You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia).

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You are unable to understand and communicate in English.

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.

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

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:DTM Australia program offers a better and safer alternative. The program can delay or prevent surgery altogether and has long term favourable outcomes in terms of pain management and function.

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.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic and have a chat to Stefano or Darren. This program could really change your life!
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