Winter Sports Physiotherapy now offering the GLA:D Program


The GLA:D (Good Living with Osteoarthritis from Denmark) program is an exercise and education program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. 

Results from the GLA:D program in Denmark have shown:

  • Symptom progression reduction of 32%
  • Less pain
  • Reduced use of joint related pain killers
  • Less people on sick leave
  • High levels of satisfaction with the program
  • Increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program

On the success of the GLA:D program in Denmark, this program has been implemented in other countries, and most recently it has been launched in Australia.

The GLA:D Australia program consists of:

  • Two education session which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
  • Collection data on your current functional ability
  • Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line of treatment for OA. In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery. The GLA:D Australia program offers a better and safer alternative. The GLA:D 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 more effectively, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain. 

We are launching running GLA:D sessions at Winter Sports Physiotherapy this week. All sessions will be run by Cathy Derham, one of the Clinic Directors who is a Sports Physiotherapist trained in delivering the GLA:D program. Sessions will run on Mondays at 3.30pm and Fridays at 4.30pm. A rebate may be claimed through medicare for the education and assessment sessions if you have an EPC referral from your GP. You may also be able to claim a rebate from your private health fund for the exercise sessions depending on your extras package. Be sure to enquire via phone or email for more details on the program and to book your place!

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy | Sports Physiotherapy | Injury Management
Clinical Pilates (Studio Equipment and Matwork Classes) | Personalised Exercise Programs | Manual Therapy & Massage