It may surprise you to know that the recommended first treatment option for osteoarthritis ISN’T medication.
And it certainly isn’t joint replacement surgery!
The problem is that these treatment guidelines often aren’t followed.
We know that it is much easier to use medication to reduce pain temporarily than to find truly effective and research-backed treatment options.
If you are looking for more than a temporary pain-relieving measure, this is where the GLA:D program comes in.
GLA:D is a structured program of exercise and education provided by physios specially trained in delivering the program.
The GLA:D program follows the best available evidence for first line treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis.
It was created in Denmark in 2014 by physios who were responding to these medical guidelines being skipped.
Medication and joint replacement surgery were being used without a sufficient trial of the well-researched non-surgical treatment options of exercise, weight loss, and education about managing their joint.
Results from the GLA:D program so far shows an average symptom reduction of 32%!
This is a really impressive figure, and it’s even better when you combine it with the other outcomes including:
In addition, it doesn’t include any of the risks associated with medication or surgery.
The results of a well constructed program of exercise, advice and weight loss are simply too good to ignore.
There are a number of really good reasons:
That may well be true, you can exercise on your own.
Bear in mind, in order for the exercise to be effective, you must know:
Each of these is going to vary depending on your situation, your abilities and your pain.
… then concluding that exercise doesn’t work for them
We are certainly not saying that no one will need joint replacements!
There are good reasons to have a new joint and the benefits can be huge.
However, the literature is clear that it shouldn’t be the first or second option for treatment of OA of the hip or knee.
Some of the people that go through the GLA:D programme are able to avoid joint replacement, and some are able to delay it significantly.
Importantly, those that do go on to have a new joint are going to do so with much better preparation.
The GLA:D program is ideal for post-operative rehabilitation to get the best result from a new joint replacement.
The first step is to attend an initial consultation, where we
Once we book in the sessions we will give you a start date and end date of your program, and all your appointments will be made in advance, including the education sessions.
It is a six week program of two group sessions per week.
The research has shown this is the minimum length of time to get the results you are looking for.
In addition, you are encouraged to do home exercises to complement what you are doing in the sessions.
The two education sessions fill you in on the latest in managing your joints and how to approach exercise-related pain.
These are really important sessions, full of useful information and a chance to ask all your questions.
If you are accepted into the program after the initial consultation, the cost is an all-inclusive package which includes all groups, education sessions and a review consultation at the end of the program.
The price is heavily discounted compared to charging for each session individually.
We provide options for payment apart from upfront payment, including fortnightly or weekly installments.
We want to make sure that cost isn’t preventing anyone from doing the program.
Click the button to learn about the GLA:D program costs in detail and all the payment options that we provide.