GLA:D hip and knee osteoarthritis

What is GLA:D?

GLA:D is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants learn how to prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

What does the program involve?

Our physios undertake extensive specialised training to be able to offer the GLA:D program to clients. The program involves:

What makes GLA:D different?

Who can participate in GLA:D?

Individuals with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity, can participate in GLA:D. If you have been diagnosed with patellofemoral pain (kneecap pain) or FAI (hip impingement), you may also benefit from the GLA:D program to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common lifestyle disease in people over 65 years of age. Current guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis. However, in Australia, only three per cent are receiving this intervention and too often the first line of treatment offered is surgical intervention.

Is a referral required?

You do not need a GP referral to participate in GLA:D, however if you are eligible for a Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly known as EPC plan) you may use this for your initial assessment.

Can I claim this service as an extra on my health insurance policy?

These sessions may be claimed on private health insurance depending on your level of cover, please check with your private health insurance provider.

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