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What is GLA:D™?

  • Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®), was developed in Denmark, as a 7-week group education and tailored neuromuscular exercise program designed for individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis

  • Here we offer the program on an individual basis, NOT as a group program

  • You get a one on one tailored physiotherapy program to help you build resilience, strength and improve your quality of life, even while waiting for surgery or not

  • The program is unique because it provides education and targeted exercise that can be applied to movement in everyday activities

  • Results from the GLA:D® group program out of Denmark have shown:

    • 27% reduction in pain intensity at one year after participating in the  program,

    • over 30% increase in self-reported physical activity levels,

    • reduced use of joint related pain killers at one year

    • reduced number of individuals on sick leave at one year after completing the program

  • These results are similar as we have seen anecdotally here in the clinic as well​

What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?

  • OA is the most common condition affecting the joints in individuals 65+, but it is also highly prevalent in individuals 30-45 years of age

  • OA is the 11th highest contributor to global disability. In Canada, there are currently more than 4.6 million people living with OA and this will rise to more than 10 million (or 1 in 4 Canadians) in 30 years . OA also impacts the health-related quality of life and productivity of the affected individual. This leads to time off work, thereby creating an economic burden.

  • OA is no longer considered a degenerative disease treated by rest, but as a condition treatable by exercise and physical activity

  • Canada’s current health care system does not follow best practice

How does the GLAiD treatment of Osteoarthritis differ than others options?

  • The goal is to reduce symptoms so that you can do the things you want to do

  • The program has been shown to improve quality of life, reduced pain, use of pain medication and use less sick leave)

  • This exercises are unique because they teaches you how to build the correct movement patterns into your everyday activities

How can you access the benefits of doing GLAiD exercises?

Book a Physiotherapy Assessment with anyone of our Physio's for help with Hip and Knee arthritis Management.

If you want to participate in the GLAiD specific exercises and get the educational content from the GLAiD program. Book with Physio Beth or Mark or Kinesiologist Cara.

Who is suitable for GLA:D™?
  • Anyone with early to late stages of hip and/or knee OA, with or without a formal diagnosis

  • People with hip and/or knee pain, stiffness or weakness

  • Individuals on the joint replacement waitlist are encouraged to participate to help with post-operative recovery

  • If you are not on the surgical waitlist yet...that is okay! Get more active today and improve your symptoms with support and supervision

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