It is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
A better understanding of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.
The risk factors and symptoms.
A discussion regarding the optimal treatment.
The benefits of exercise.
The activities of daily living that you can do.
Coping and self-help strategies and tools.
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 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 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 generalised pain or fibromyalgia).
You are unable to understand and communicate in English.
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.
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.