What is GLA:D?

GLA:D, Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark is an evidence-based education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. 

Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found:

Symptom progression reduces by 32%

Average 36% reduction in pain

Reduced use of joint-related pain killers

Less people on sick leave

Increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program

Is GLA:D for me?

GLA:D is a program for all individuals who experience hip and/or knee OA symptoms, regardless of severity.

GLA:D has been shown to help people of all ages with mild, moderate and severe osteoarthritis by reducing pain, increasing mobility and enhancing the quality of life.  Often surgery such as joint replacement can be avoided. Current Australian and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first-line treatment for osteoarthritis, with joint replacement currently.

recommended as a last resort when other interventions have not succeeded.

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)

Structure of GLA:D at Core Physio + Pilates

  • Initial assessment with one of our GLA:D certified physiotherapists
  • 2 group education sessions that will teach you the ins and outs of OA and how the GLA:D exercises help with joint pain and stability. 
  • 2 x 60 minute group exercise sessions, per week for 6 weeks
  • Follow up re-assessment at 3 months
Please bring along any referrals, scans, x-rays or reports which you may have.
You should wear clothes that are comfortable for you to move around in. Non slip socks are recommended if you have them.
GLA:D classes are 60 mins. Initial appointment is 60 mins and follow-up at 3 months are 30 mins – 60 mins.

Can I claim a rebate for GLA:D

These sessions are claimable with private health insurance. Please call reception regarding EPC referrals from your GP.

How do I book?

Please call reception on 03 9523 8111. if you would like to discuss what other options we have for you at Core!