GLA:D Program

Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark (GLA:D)

The GLA:D® program (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people living with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the most common lifestyle condition affecting individuals 65 years of age and older, but can also affect those as young as 30.

The GLA:D program is an evidence-based, specialised program for people with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Run over a course of 6 weeks, it is highly beneficial in helping patients reduce their pain levels, improve their overall function, and increase their quality of life. It has become globally recognised as the 'gold standard' in the non-operative management of knee and hip OA, and clinics/practitioners must become accredited in order to offer the service. It comes highly recommended by Orthopaedic Surgeons and GP's, and empowers patients to manage their condition more effectively with the aim of prolonging joint function and potentially avoiding surgical intervention.

Accessing our GLA:D program is easy! Just speak to your Physiotherapist or our friendly receptionists and they can advise on class times, costs and availability. We accept all private health funds and Medicare subsidised care plans may apply.

What does GLA:D involve?

An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability and establish goals. This includes education regarding OA, risk factors, treatment options and self-management strategies.

Group exercise (up to 4 per class) sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control over your joint, your confidence and your strength.

Completion of a questionnaire at the commencement of the program and at the completion of the program to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication usage.

Benefits of GLA:D

Reduction of pain of average 30%

Improved quality of life average 25%

Reduced use of pain medication average 50%

Decreased desire or need for surgery