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GLA:D™ Canada is an exercise and education program for all individuals who experience any severity of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. In Canada, hip and knee osteoarthritis is prevalent in men & women 60 year of age and older, however, many people in their 30s & 40s experience joint arthritic changes and pain. This program is provided by Canadian healthcare providers such as physiotherapists who have completed GLA:D™ Canada’s training.
GLA:D™ Canada in Ontario is founded by Ontario Trillium Foundation and is licenced by and currently implements GLA:D® program which is a standardized education and exercise program developed in Denmark. GLA:D® program is gradually being implemented in many countries such as Australia. GLA:D® program includes strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns. The program is aimed to train participants to move their body properly to prevent progression of symptoms and to reduce pain. A 32% reduction of progression of osteoarthritis symptoms has shown by research conducted by GLA:D® program in Denmark. Research also showed a reduction in pain intensity and severity resulting in reduced use of pain killers and decreased number of people on sick leave. Satisfaction levels and increased physical activity levels reported by participants remained high even after 12 months after participating in the program.
GLA:D™ Canada Program offered at Physiomobility
Physiomobility Health Group is partnered with GLA:D™ Canada program to provide this evidence based program in North York and collect clinical data for national registry. GLA:D® evidence based active program is only offered to participants suffering from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. The program has been designed to keep cost to a minimum through group participation for 12 sessions over 6 week and includes two educational sessions.
Who is eligible to participate in GLA:D™ Canada program offered at Physiomobility Don Mills
The GLA:D™ Canada program offered in Physiomobility clinics is open to clients of all ages who meet the criteria set by GLA:D™ Canada and GLA:D® in terms of clinical symptoms.
At Physiomobility Don Mills, the program is offered in small group of maximum of 3-4 participants and is not covered by OHIP but will be covered by private or employee insurance plans when available. Individual sessions for the program are also available for participants who can not attend our small group sessions at a higher fee rate. To participate in GLA:D™ Canada program offered by Physiomobility, a referral from your medical doctor is not necessary but is encouraged. Your primary care practitioner will be informed of your progress.
Any person who has experienced knee or hip joint problem for which had to visit a healthcare provider qualifies to be included in the program. Clinical data and outcomes collected through the program will be submitted to GLA:D® Canada to be included in the national registry for research purposes and further development of evidence based programs for managing knee and hip osteoarthritis.
GLA:D® program is not suitable for people with the following reasons for their pain:
- Non arthritic joint conditions such as tumours, fractures, Rheumatoid inflammatory conditions
- Patients with widespread pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia whose general and muscular pain symptoms are more pronounced that the pain related to osteoarthritis
GLA:D® 12 week program consists of:
- An initial session focused on educating participant on the program and collecting data on participants’ current functional ability.
- 12 sessions of exercise circuit as twice weekly and two education sessions which teach participants about OA, including the degeneration process in the joint, how the GLA:D™ Canada exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability through day to day self-management techniques.
For more information on GLA:D™ Canada program visit http://gladcanada.ca/ and contact our North York physiotherapy clinic to register for the next program or to start your one-on-one training session with a physiotherapist.