GLA:D® is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms.
Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark has shown a reduction in progression of symptoms by 27%. Other outcomes include a reduction in pain intensity, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and fewer individuals on sick leave. Program participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
Based on the success of the program in Denmark, the GLA:D® education and exercise program for hip or knee OA is now being made available in Canada. GLA:D™ Canada is licensed to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation (COF) and is currently being implemented by Bone and Joint Canada, a knowledge translation division of the COF, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Click here for more information on how you can participate in GLA:D™ Canada.
Click here to watch a video about the GLA:D® program.