GLA:D Program

‘Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark’

The GLA:D® program (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) is a program designed for people living with Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis.

The Program

The program runs over 6-8 weeks and involves:

  • 2 free education sessions at RHP
  • 12 exercise sessions (over 6 weeks)

The exercise sessions are best done in a group at RHP, but you may also choose to do this at home without supervision.

There will also be an initial session with the Physiotherapist which includes baseline testing, as well as a post-program session at the 3-month mark to measure your progress!

The program includes a research component, of which, ethics has been approved through LaTrobe University, Melbourne. You may choose to opt in, or out, of the research component. For more information, head to GLA:D Australia.

Medicare and Private Health

Your Private Health Insurance may provide cover for all of your group exercise sessions, plus the individual physio sessions at the start and end of your GLA:D program.

A care plan from your GP will only cover you for individual sessions with a Physiotherapist, not for group sessions. In time, we hope this will change to cover group sessions as well!

The Results!

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced need for pain medication
  • Less time off work
  • Increased day to day capacity
  • Patients are delaying or removing themselves from surgical lists as well!
  • Over 95% satisfaction rate

About knee and hip osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the one of the most common physical complaints in people over the age of 45. It is the leading cause of physical activity in people over the age of 65 and unfortunately affects women more than men. Knee osteoarthritis contributes to 25% of all OA diagnoses, with the hands being most commonly affected – but also of less severity or impact to those that suffer.

Symptoms include pain at the hip or knee during or after physical activity and can also include:

  • Enlarged joint
  • Joint swelling
  • “noisy” joint (crepitus)
  • Reduced range in the joint
  • Morning stiffness
  • Reduced physical capabilities

There are aspects of a person that might increase their risk profile for developing the condition. Some things that you have control over and can change include:

  • Weight: high body weight will influence rate of OA development
  • Physical inactivity
  • Muscle strength around the joint

Is GLA:D right for you?

The GLA:D program is offered at RHP Physiotherapy, Nathan. If you are unsure about whether you are suitable for the program, please call and you can discuss this with one of our physiotherapists.

If we don’t believe a group setting is suitable, you will certainly still be able to attend our education sessions and may benefit by initially seeing a Physiotherapist individually. You may also discuss this with your GP.

Call now to make a booking 

Kelvin Grove: 07 3856 5566 – Nathan: 07 3184 6844