What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the entire joint, but most of all the articular cartilage covering the ends of the bones. It is the most common reason for people being less active as they age.

What are the risk factors of Osteoarthritis?

This can be due to:

  • Healthy cartilage being exposed to heavy loads over a long period of time (for example, very heavy labour over several years, obesity).
  • Unhealthy cartilage that for some reason cannot handle normal loads.
  • Muscle weakness leaving the joint poorly supported and overloading the cartilage.
  • Sports, leisure or work injury.
  • Our age, our gender and our genes also play a role.

Who is affected by Osteoarthritis?

Approximately 30% of the population between 50 and 70 years of age have problems related to osteoarthritis and the percentage increases in older age groups. The main joints affected are the hips, knees and hands. It is also common in younger and middle-aged people. Approximately 5% of people between 35 and 54 years of age have osteoarthritis. Many of these people have injured their joints earlier in life.

GLA:D Arthritis

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

  • Pain when moving or loading the joint.
  • Joint stiffness or difficulty moving at the start of the day.
  • Loss of joint movement range.
  • Warm and swollen joints.
  • Tight muscles.
  • Difficulty moving about.

How is Osteoarthritis diagnosed?

The diagnosis can be made by a Physiotherapist in our rooms and is based on the symptoms, the risk factors that are present and the clinical examination conducted.

Treatments for Osteoarthritis

The choice of treatment is guided by symptoms, function and not the x-ray changes, which are often over emphasised. Treatment is tailored to address the risk factors that can be modified.

First Line Treatments

This consists of Exercise, Weight Control and Education (lifestyle, diet and understanding what osteoarthritis is and is not).

Second and Third Line Treatments

Where the first line is not enough, it can be complemented by medication, manual therapies, braces and insoles. Sometimes, injections. In cases of very severe symptoms, surgery is considered.

GLA:D Physiotherapy - Education and Exercise Program

The GLA:D® program is for anyone suffering hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis, regardless of severity. The course has been proven to help to reduce pain, increase strength and improve quality of life.

GLA:D® is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark to help people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Research proved the GLA:D® program to be the best option to manage osteoarthritis. Participants in the Danish Study reported better quality of life and delayed surgery for hip or knee osteoarthritis. This research continues today and you are welcome to participate.

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What does GLA:D Involve?

GLA:D Appointment

1. Initial Appointment

An initial assessment with your Physiotherapist to examine your condition. This includes an introduction to the program and collecting data on your current level.
GLA:D Education Sessions

2. Two Education Sessions

Two education sessions to teach you about Osteoarthritis, how exercises improve osteoarthritis, and other factors that can help you maintain less pain and higher strength and fitness levels with osteoarthritis. ​
GLA-D Group Training

3. Group Training

Group training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint​.
GLA-D Post Training Follow-up

4. Post Training Follow-up

A follow-up assessment with your Physiotherapist at the end of the program to assess your progress and help you plan your maintenance of the exercises. This allows you to continue to “control and limit” your knee or hip pain.
Each of the 12 sessions will cost $75. A discounted rate of $800 is available when the program is booked in advance. 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, or your private health insurer, DVA, Workcover and TAC.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does GLA:D Involve?

An initial 40 minute consultation to examine your condition. This includes an introduction to the program and collecting data on your current level.

Two education sessions to teach you about Osteoarthritis, how exercise and diet improves osteoarthritis, and other factors that can help you maintain less pain and higher strength and fitness levels with osteoarthritis. ​

Twelve group exercise sessions over six to eight weeks.

How can I participate in GLA:D Program?

Contact us to enrol and start your change for the better.

Can I claim my GLA:D treatment?

Yes, if your private health fund policy covers Physiotherapy Group Exercise you can claim for GLA:D treatment. Alternatively, if you have access to a Medicare Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) you can use this towards the session fees.

How much does the GLA:D Program cost?

Each of the 12 sessions will cost $75. A discounted rate of $800 is available when the program is booked in advance.

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, or your private health insurer, DVA, Workcover and TAC.

What does GLA:D stand for?

Godt Liv med Artrose i Danmark

or

In English, Good Life with Arthritis Denmark.

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* Conferred by Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010