GLA:D™ Australia

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon November 25th, 2018Comments Off on GLA:D™ Australia

Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years.

Current national & international clinical guidelines recommend patients’ education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery but the GLA:D™ Australia program offers a better and safer alternative.

Can I Participate in GLA:D™
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.

When you may not be able to participate in the GLA:D™
• You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumour, 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).

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

Background of GLA:D™
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 medication, 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.

Find Out More About GLA:D™

Podcast by Dr Norman Swan – “Everything you ever wanted to know about osteoarthritis”
www.gladaustralia.com.au/everything-ever-wanted-know-osteoarthritis/

SBS Insight Interactive: Joint Operation
www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/interactive/joint-operation

Channel 7 story – “Try exercise before considering surgery for knee pain”
www.au.news.yahoo.com/researchers-way-battle-australia-growing-084913932.html

Or contact us:
Attadale Physiotherapy Centre
520 Canning Hwy
Attadale WA 6156
9317 4777
[email protected]
www.health520.com.au

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