What is the GLA:D Hip & Knee Program?
GLA:D, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA). Flex Out Physiotherapy is one of very few clinics in Australia accredited in this revolutionary new program and is excited to be offering it.
The GLA:D Hip and Knee Program includes both education and exercises which can be applied to everyday activities ensuring participants develop skills to self manage their osteoarthritis. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise participants develop better capacity to become or stay active to prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
What conditions can the program help with?
The GLA:D Hip and Knee Program is designed for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity. You may participate in the GLA:D Hip and Knee Program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a healthcare provider. Others reasons to participate include:
- If you are on a waiting list for a hip or knee joint replacement
- If you have been told you might need a hip or knee replacement but are hoping to avoid if possible
- If you do not know how to exercise or find it hard to motivate yourself
- If you have tried exercise before but it didn’t work (it might have been too much or too little and supervised exercise has been shown to be the most effective form of exercise)
- If you worry that when you exercise you might make your condition worse
How do I register?
What does the program involve?
- An initial consultation explaining the program and assessing for suitability.
- Two education sessions.
- Group training sessions twice a week for six weeks.
What are the benefits of the program?
Research from the GLA:D Program in Australia have found:
- Less pain (by 36%)
- Reduced use of pain medication
- Less sick leave
- Improved quality of life (by 25%)
- Increased levels of physical activity
Group exercise schedule
- Monday 9:00am – 10:00am
- Tuesday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
- Wednesday 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:00am – 11:00am
- Thursday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
- Friday 10:00am – 11:00am
- Tuesday 10:30am – 11:30am
- Thursday 10:30am – 11:30am
- Monday 11:30am 12:30am
- Thursday 11:30am – 12:30am
- Monday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Friday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Monday 9:00am – 10:00am
- Wednesday 9:00am – 10:00am
Frequently asked questions
What is the cost of the program?
Check with your nearest clinic for details on the cost of the program. Discounts are available for Medibank, NIB and Bupa customers.
How do I get started?
Anyone wishing to commence the GLA:D Hip and Knee Program for the first time is required to register in for an assessment to determine suitability. During the initial assessment your physiotherapist will undertake a detailed history and design your personalised program based upon your needs, goals and injuries.
What training have the physiotherapist’s undertaken to become accredited?
Physiotherapists interested in GLA:D participate in a two-day course giving them the requisite skills to diagnose osteoarthritis (OA) and deliver OA care as described in the clinical guidelines. On successful completion of the course, physiotherapists educated in GLA:D are obliged to follow the principles of GLA:D and contribute data to the national GLA:D registry.
What is so special about the exercise program?
The NEuroMuscular Exercise training program for patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis (OA) assigned for total joint replacement (TJR), the NEMEX-TJR training program, is based on principles of neuromuscular training. The training takes place in groups, under the supervision of an accredited GLA:D therapist, and consists of three parts: warming up, a circuit program, and cooling down.
Do I need a doctors referral?
In Australia, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, so a referral is not required to attend for treatment. There are however, a few exceptions (worker’s compensation claims, Department of Veteran Affairs, motor vehicle third party claims and Medicare claims) where you will need to see your doctor prior to attending.
Is there a cancellation policy?
At Flex Out Physiotherapy we understand people get busy and from time to time, emergencies come up and things change. If you cannot keep your group appointment, please call us as soon as possible so we can reschedule. We ask for eight hours notice for cancellations. This allows others on a waiting list to fill spots and keeps the groups running smoothly. A $15 cancellation fee for ‘fail to attend’ or reschedules made less than eight hours before the scheduled class time applies. This applies to both private and workcover/TAC clients.
Are Flex Out Physiotherapy preferred providers to any private health funds?
Flex Out Physiotherapy are a preferred provider for both Medibank and BUPA which provides members with additional discounts and maximum rebates on services.
What do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that is easy to move in.
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