GLA:D® (Good Life with Arthritis)
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GLA:D® (Good Life with Arthritis)

An an evidence-based education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for individuals with hip and knee Osteoarthritis.

Our program includes:

  •     Two Education sessions (Free of Charge) which teach you about Osteoarthritis, the benefits of GLA:DTM exercises and self-management tools outside the program.
  •     An Initial Consultation with one of our certified physiotherapists to assess your suitability for the program and current functional ability to determine an appropriate starting level for your exercises.
  •     12 small group (maximum 6 participants per class) exercise sessions under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
  •     A final assessment (15 min in duration) which will be completed after your last exercise session to re-assess your functional ability. An individualised training program is also provided where patients are encouraged to complete at home or in our fully equipped gymnasium, where memberships are available.

This Program reflects first-line treatment recommended by the Australian Medical Associated. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners current guideline also strongly recommends exercise for relieving pain and improving function in people with hip and knee Osteoarthritis.


Can I Participate in GLA:DTM Australia?

GLA:D™ Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.

You may participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.

You may not be able to participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if:

  • You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumour, inflammatory joint disease, result of
  • hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
  • You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fi bromyalgia)
  • You are unable to understand and communicate in English

OA Treatment in Australia

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also a ect individuals as young as 30 years of age.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

Background of the GLA:D® Program

Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%.

Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint-related pain killers, and less people on sick leave.
GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

This 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 properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.



For further information on our services feel free to contact Sportsmed Biologic on 1300 858 860 or email us at and we will ensure a staff member will assist with your query.

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