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GLA:D™ Program

GLA:D™ Canada is a program that works for individuals who experience any level of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

The GLA:D™ program is an education and exercise program that has helped so many people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) manage their symptoms of pain, limitation, and loss of function.

The program reflects the latest osteoarthritis research and has been developed based on feedback from people with osteoarthritis, as well as healthcare professionals who provide care to individuals with mild to severe symptoms. GLA:D®, therefore, provides an evidence-based approach that works in the real world.

To determine if you will benefit from the GLA:D® program you will undergo an assessment by a health care practitioner, which will include a physical assessment as well as some functional tests. Once you have been told the program is right for you, the GLA:D® program consists of:

  • Neuromuscular exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control and stability of the joint, which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life. Participants are being educated on how to include the neuromuscular exercises in daily physical activity and advised to continue to be physically active to ensure that the improvements in muscle stabilization are maintained in the long term.
  • Two education sessions teach participants about osteoarthritis, including the degeneration process in the joint, how the GLA:D™ Canada exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability through day to day self-management techniques.
  • The majority of patients will be encouraged to attend these classes in a group session as the evidence shows that this results in the best improvements in symptoms. However some individuals who are more active or have less ability to attend can receive the program on an individual basis

The results show that the GLA:D™ Canada program is successfully supporting people with hip and knee OA allowing them to manage their symptoms, improve their function and quality of life, and increase their physical activity. For more information, contact us at Lake Country Physiotherapy today! We are always here to answer any questions you may have and guide you on your journey to better health.

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