New program to treat hip and knee osteoarthritis comes to Australia
GLA:D™ (Good living with Arthritis: Denmark) is an evidence-based education and exercise program for those with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA). Developed by researchers in Denmark, the program has treated 28,000 participants on a national register since 2013, with impressive results. At a 12 month review, researchers reported there was a 32% decrease in OA symptoms, improved joint stability, reduced pain medication use and increased activity levels. GLA:D™ participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program.
The GLA:D™ Australia program has only recently been established, and the national registry will enable participants to be part of ongoing research into hip and knee osteoarthritis management. This program is ideal for anyone with mild, moderate or severe hip/knee osteoarthritis. It is also applicable for pre or post hip and knee joint replacement surgery. Using a specific set of neuromuscular exercises and education sessions, the GLA:D™ program aims to: help you better understand how to manage symptoms, make your joint feel more stable and improve your function and level of activity.
Aurelie Blumann – Principal and owner of AB Physiotherapy is excited about the program as it gives people a new and proactive way of reducing their knee and hip pain, without having to go through surgery. Having sustained a knee injury in her 20’s Aurelie has always had a strong interest in managing injuries without surgical intervention. Her holistic approach enables clients to understand their condition and empowers them to be confident with movement, and be less fearful of activity. AB Physiotherapy offers two free Education Sessions as part of the GLA:D™program.
“Traditionally in Australia, treatment for osteoarthritis usually revolves around surgery, and the GLA:D™ Australia program offers a much safer alternative. GLA:D™ is unique in that the exercises can be applied to everyday activities such as getting up and down off the floor, getting in and out of a chair, or climbing and descending stairs. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will be able to move better, reduce their pain and limit OA symptoms from progressing,” Ms Blumann says.
Initial participants in the program have reported more confidence in how they move and improved strength. Walking further, being able to walk up stairs comfortably and reducing pain medication use have been some results. A recent participant completed a park run with her knee pain free!
The GLA:D™ Australia program is open to people of all ages who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of the severity. To learn more about the GLA:D™ Australia program, head to http://www.gladaustralia.com.au
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