GLAD Program for Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis sufferers
GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
What does GLA:D® involve?
This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms.
GLA:D® Australia training consists of:
- A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability
- Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D™ Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
- Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life
GLA:D® at Physio Professionals.
You do not need a referral from you Doctor to join the program, our certified GLA:D Physiotherapist Daimon Bobby conducts the program each Tuesday and Thursday will be in our Caloundra clinic.
Consisting of 6 weeks of 2 x weekly exercise sessions, two virtual education session and a course completion health assessment.
Prior to commencing the program all participants will need to have a initial GLA:D assessment for measuring important health outcome measures and also to assess whether the patient is deemed appropriate for the program.
Can I Participate in GLA:D® Australia?
GLA:D® Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
You may participate in the GLA:D® Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.
You may not be able to participate in the GLA:D® Australia program if:
- You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
- You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
- You are unable to understand and communicate in English
OA Treatment in Australia
OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.
In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:D® Australia program offers a safe alternative that may avoid the need for surgery.
Background of the GLA:D® Program
Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%.
Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint-related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
B. Sc. Physiotherapy
Daimon grew up in Northern Queensland and attended James Cook University and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
Daimon enjoys helping people achieve great outcomes with a high level of care and experience gained from previous private practice experience where he has developed interest areas of the management of arthritic conditions, sports injury management, shoulders and general physiotherapy.
Outside of work Daimon enjoys outdoor activities such as surfing and golf.
Daimon interest areas include General Physiotherapy, Sports Physio, Shoulders, arthritic conditions.
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