The GLA:D Canada Program
What is it?
Based on Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®), the GLA:D Canada program is a nationwide evidence-based initiative that follows the current recommendations for the treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis. It is a 7-8 week education and exercise program for individuals with stiff and/or painful knees and/or hips or individuals with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Research from GLA:D® in Denmark shows participants being more physically active, reporting less pain, reduced use of pain medications and may delay or prevent the need for surgery. This initiative is supported by Bone and Joint Canada, The Arthritis Society, and the Physiotherapy Association of BC.
Who can participate?
Anyone with pain or stiffness from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis.
X-rays are not required for participation in the GLA:D Canada program.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
- feeling of instability, looseness, or giving way
- stiffness especially in the morning or after sitting for long periods
- reduced motion in the joint
- pain when standing or walking
- pain at rest
- red, hot, or swollen joint
GLA:D has been shown to have the potential to improve the quality of life of people living with mild, moderate, and severe osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip.
- reduction in pain
- decreased use of pain medications
- increased participation in daily activities
- reduction in time off work may delay or prevent the need for surgery
All assessment, education, and exercise sessions are provided by a registered Physiotherapist with GLA:D Canada certification.
- Two 60-minute group education sessions
- Twelve 60-minute exercise sessions completed with other GLA:D participants
- Data collection for quality monitoring
Option to register in the GLA:D Canada database to provide your outcomes and complete follow up surveys (pre-program, 3 months, and 12 months after completing GLA:D program.
This information will monitor how the program is working for people with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis across the country and help us improve the program.
Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm at the Cambie & 8th location.
$30 per session for 14 sessions.