GLA:D®, Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
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.
In the following blog post, we asked one of our recent participants, Anne, for her feedback on the program. This is what she had to say:
1. Why did you start the GLA:D program?
I recently transferred to a new medical practitioner, after my long term doctor had retired. I wanted an alternative to a previous diagnosis that said I need both knees replaced.
As I lived alone and had elderly special needs animals to care for, an operation and rehab were not options for me. My new doctor suggested the GLA:D program as an alternative.
2. Before you began the program, tell us a bit about what your mobility was like and your greatest concerns regarding your knees.
At home I used a walking frame and had all access ramped. Out, I sometimes used a stick if access for my walker was difficult. Anywhere with steps or walking long distances were NO GO zones.
Whilst I keep to a very strict diet, being salicylate intolerant, kept my stress levels low, so as to keep my inflammation to a minimum and so relatively pain free whilst using a walking frame, I did not want it to get any worse.
3. What did you enjoy most about the GLA:D program?
What I enjoyed most about the GLA:D program was the almost instant improvement in my stability and confidence.
4. What did you least enjoy about the GLA:D program?
What I enjoyed least about the GLA:D program was at the age of 75 I didn’t like to have to exercise.
5. How have things changed since you started the GLA:D program?
Since the GLA:D program I have stopped being so reliant on my walking frame and can now walk around my home without using frame or stick.
6. Have you managed to implement changes to your lifestyle or exercise habits?
My lifestyle has improved significantly, I have much more confidence going out, this alone has boosted my mental health and wellbeing, and have been able to resume gardening also.
7. Would you recommend the GLA:D program to people suffering knee or hip osteoarthritis?
I have recommended the program to several of my friends who are contemplating both knee and hip surgery.
Don’t just take Anne’s word for it. If you are suffering from hip or knee pain and think this may be for you, please speak to our reception team about the GLA:D program.
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