Managing Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis
Good Life with Arthritis (GLA:D) Program
The GLA:D™ Canada program is an education and exercise program that has helped thousands of people with hip and knee osteoarthritis manage symptoms and improve their quality of life.
The program strengthens and corrects daily movement patterns, training the body to move properly in every day activities.
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GLA:D Program Format
The program includes education classes that explain how osteoarthritis affects the joint over time, how to improve joint stability, how to manage symptoms, how exercise helps and how to cope with daily activities when living with osteoarthritis.
Group supervised exercise sessions focus on neuromuscular exercises designed for improving muscle control and stability of the hip and knee joints. Develop muscular strength through functional exercises, movement and posture control. Learn to include these exercises in daily physical activities.
No referral is needed to participate. An intake assessment will be completed by a physiotherapist to ensure the program is right for you. One-on-one treatment with a physiotherapist is also available if the group format or class schedule does not work for you.
An Evidence-based Program
GLA:D® was developed in Denmark and later brought to Canada. Denmark’s program results showed:
- a 27% reduction in pain intensity at one year post-program,
- over 30% increase in physical activity levels (self-reported),
- reduced use of joint-related painkillers at one year, and
- reduced number of individuals on sick leave at one year post-program.