Managing Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis
Good Life with Arthritis (GLA:D) Program
The GLA:D program uses neuromuscular exercises which focus on the muscles controlling the joint as it moves. When a person develops osteoarthritis, the muscles around the joints in the lower limb become weaker and do not work properly. For each person this is different and it takes a clinician with experience to see what muscles are not working and to help the individual correct the movement. The neuromuscular exercises in the GLA:D program are divided into 4 stations: Leg strength, Core strength, and Functional and Positional exercises. There is a minimum of 2 exercises done at each station and it is important to do all 4 stations. Each exercise is done slowly with a focus on proper movement so that the individual learns to activate the muscle properly. Clinicians use a number of techniques to help you understand your movement limitations and how to correct them.
We offer classes from 3pm-4pm and 5:45pm-6:45pm on Tuesday and Thursday’s. Contact the clinic for class availabilities.
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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.
Support for successful hip or knee replacement surgery
The GLA:D program increases muscle strength and improves movement patterns and has been shown to reduce symptoms for those with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, including those waiting for surgery. If you are waiting for surgery and are struggling with symptoms, the GLA:D program can help you can stay active as you wait and prepare you for better outcomes following surgery.
An Evidence-based Program
Results in Denmark and Canada show:
- a 15-27% reduction in pain intensity,
- over 30% of participants experience a marked improvement in activities of daily living and sports and recreation
- over 45% of participants experience a marked improvement in quality of life
- reduced use of joint-related painkillers at one year, and
- reduced number of individuals on sick leave at one year post-program.
by Bone and Joint Canada
a division of The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. For more information on GLA:D Canada, check out gladcanada.ca