GLA:D® (Good Life with Osteoarthritis) is now available at Optima Sports Medicine, located in Brisbane.

What is GLA:D Australia?

GLA:D® Australia (Good Life with OsteoArthritis) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Research from the GLA:D® program in Australia shows an average pain reduction of 36%, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence.

Education and exercises provided 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, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

GLA:D sessions at Optima Sports Medicine

GLA:D sessions at Optima Sports Medicine are conducted by our APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, Chari Stewart and include:

  • an initial appointment explaining the program
  • two education sessions which teach about osteoArthritis and how the GLA:D program improves and retains joint stability
  • group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week to improve muscle control of the joint, leading to reduced symptoms and increased quality of life

Sessions can be partially covered by Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) set by your GP.

For bookings or general information please visit the Optima Sports Medicine website.


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