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Osteoarthritis Spotlight – GLA:D classes at PROmotion

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

The recently released GLA:D Australia 2021 Report comprised four years of national data that is extremely promising for osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers and health professionals alike.

GLA:D is an exercise and education program for those clinically diagnosed with hip and/or knee joint OA, which aligns with national and international best practice guidelines. Strengthening and neuromuscular exercises provide joint stability, confidence in movement and an ability to perform daily activities with greater ease.

Nationally, 10,424 participants took part in Physiotherapist led GLA:D programs between 2018 and 2021. Over 80% of participants reported knee OA as their primary reason for commencing classes. For both knee and hip OA groups, pain intensity reduced by 1/3 after three months and half the participants reported reduced pain medication use. These improvements were sustained after 12 months of consistent participation.

Of the participants that desired or had been recommended a joint replacement surgery prior to starting the program; 63% of knee participants and 49% of hip participants had not received surgery and no longer desired surgery one year after commencing GLA:D.

At PROmotion, we offer multiple group GLA:D sessions during the week with our GLA:D trained Physiotherapists Tim and Kelsey. Our close professional relationship with in-house dietician Nick Nation and local GPs and Orthopaedic Surgeons allows for an individualised, holistic approach to osteoarthritis management for our clients.

To see the full 2021 GLAD Annual Report, click the link below:

If you have any queries about our GLAD program at PROmotion, please see our website or give our friendly administration team a call.

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