What is The GLA:D® programme?

The GLA:D® programme, is now available at Blackpool Physiotherapy Clinic. This is an evidence based programme for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.

This program is unique in that the education & exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening & correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression & reduce pain.

This program can delay surgical intervention, and help patients with long term favourable outcomes in both pain and function.

This education & exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms.

Research from the GLA:D® program found symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include less pain,
reduced use of pain killers, & less people on sick leave.

GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program & increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

GLA:D™ training consists of:

FIRST APPOINTMENT
Explaining the program & collecting data on your current functional ability

2 EDUCATION SESSIONS
Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D™ exercises improve joint stability, & how to retain this improved joint stability outside the program

12 ONE HOUR EXERCISE SESSIONS
Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENT
A 3 month follow up consultation