GLA:D Esperance

FitballSo what is the GLA:D Program?

GLA:D stands for Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark and is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. It affects an estimated 2.1 million Australians and results in pain, disability and reduced quality of life. Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first-line treatment for osteoarthritis. In Australia however, treatment usually focuses on surgery, medications and injections, which is why we have done training through GLA:D Australia to offer a program with a better and safer alternative.

How will I benefit from GLA:D Program?

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 = improvements in quality of life.

How does it work?

The GLA:D program is unique, in that it covers both education and a specific exercise program designed for you. These two elements have been identified through clinical trials as being the Number 1 or first-line treatment approach for osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Not surgery, not medications, not injections. These recommendations come from the Australian Rheumatologists (i.e., arthritis specialists) Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (i.e. your GP).

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The GLA:D Program is based on research and requires specialised training to teach. Only Physiotherapists that have undergone this training can provide this program and Esperance Physiotherapy is the only clinic southeast of Perth able to offer this service.

What is involved in the GLA:D Esperance Program?

The GLA:D Esperance Program is conducted every 8 weeks and a limited number of people are enrolled in each cohort (i.e., maximum 5). During this 12 week period, participants attend two, 60-minute education sessions, and twelve exercise classes (six weeks of twice-weekly) and are re-evaluated after 12 weeks.

Your next steps

Step 1. Register your interest by phoning Esperance Physiotherapy on 90715055 and leaving your contact details or speaking with your Physiotherapist.

Step 2. Attend the two, 60-minute education sessions. These are free and we encourage you to bring along friends that may also benefit from this important information.

Step 3. On acceptance into the GLA:D Program, you will be booked for a one on one assessment with your Physiotherapist. This is to confirm your diagnosis of osteoarthritis and to be evaluated and taught your starting exercises. This is very important, as everyone is different and it means when you first arrive at your exercise class, you immediately know what to do. No slow starts!

Step 4. Attend twice weekly, your fully supervised, small group exercise classes with the other participants in your program for six weeks (i.e., 12 exercise classes in total).

Step 5. On completion of the six weeks of exercise classes, you continue the program at home (equipment and guidelines provided by your Physiotherapist as necessary).

Step 6. Attend your booked 3-month review and re-evaluation with your Physiotherapist. As well as assessing changes in your arthritis, your Physiotherapist will also explain how to continue being physically active and to maintain the gains you have achieved in strength, functional capacity and pain management.

Investment

Step 2, there is no cost for the two, 60-minute education sessions.

Step 3 and Step 6 will be charged as standard Physiotherapy consultations. For this reason, you can use your private health insurance, or if you have an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (i.e., Chronic Care Plan), you can use these rebates and pay the remaining amount.

Step 4 exercise classes cost $35/class and are covered by most private health insurance policies up to the amount specified by your policy. Check with your insurance company directly to determine this amount. Payment for the exercise classes will need to be completed before you start Step 4. Esperance Physiotherapy will provide you with a tax invoice for each session that you attend so that you can claim your rebate with your insurance company.