GLA:D™ Australia Program For Treatment of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness
Osteoarthitis is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years 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.
The GLA:D™ Australia Program is an exercise and education program developed by researchers in
Denmark for people with HIP or KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS. This program uses the latest evidence in
osteoarthritis research, as well as feedback from people with osteoarthritis and trainers on what
works in the real world to help patients with osteoarthritis symptoms.
What are the benefits of undertaking the GLA:D™ Australia program?
Research from the GLA:D™ program in Denmark shows symptom progression can reduce by up to
32%! Other outcomes can include less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers and increased
levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
How does the GLA:D™ Australia program run at FP&W?
1. Patients require an initial physiotherapy assessment to assess their hip or knee, screen their
health, collect some data on functional ability and decide if the patient is appropriate for the
program. Fortunately the GLA:D™ Australia Program is designed for all individuals who
experience knee and or hip OA, regardless of severity. Patients may not be appropriate for
the program if they have reasons other than osteoarthritis for their pain or other medical
conditions that make participation inappropriate or unsafe.
2. If our GLA:D™ Australia trained physiotherapist deems the program to be the right option
for the patient then the patient can be referred into the GLA:D™ Australia program.
3. The GLA:D™ Australia program involves twice weekly supervised small group neuromuscular
training sessions for a duration of 6 weeks. These training sessions focus on improving
muscle control of the joint which can lead to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of
4. The program also includes two education sessions which teach patients about osteoarthritis,
how the GLA:D™ Australia Program exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this
improved joint stability outside of 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.
For more information on the GLA:D™ Australia Program at FP&W, please call us on 85287650 or
book online for your initial physiotherapy assessment.