GLA:D Program Launching in June at Balgowlah

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Do you have osteoarthritis in your knee or hip? Or do you know someone who does?

GLA:D: The best first treatment for hip and knee arthritis

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, you will train your body to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

The GLA:D program is an education and exercise program for adults who have hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. It has been developed and extensively researched in several countries including Australia. Our SquareOne Physiotherapists have undergone specific training in order to be qualified providers of this program in Australia. We are one of the few practices in Sydney offering this program.

GLA:D Australia training consists of:

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. This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and heath professionals on what works in the real world to help you manage OA symptoms.

A first appointment explaining the program,  collecting data on your current functional ability and setting your program going forwards.

Then you will participate in group neuromuscular training sessions 2x/week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.

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 do not need a referral from your doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

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).

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.

GLA:D Australia program offers a safe alternative for treating OA that may avoid the need for surgery.

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 fewer 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.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first-line treatment for osteoarthritis.

Do you want to find out more about GLA:D?

You can speak to one of our GLA:D Physios – Jackie or Jenn on 9968 3424.

Or first program commences on 25th June for 8 weeks at our Balgowlah location.

Register your interest by email:

We can’t wait to see you in this fantastic initiative.

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