The GLA:D® Program: Transforming Lives with Evidence-Based Care for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent condition that affects millions worldwide, leading to pain, disability, and a decreased quality of life. In response to this growing issue, the GLA:D® (Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark) program has emerged as a beacon of hope for those suffering from hip and knee osteoarthritis. This evidence-based initiative, originally developed in Denmark, has successfully been implemented in various countries, including Australia, where it is making significant strides in managing OA symptoms and improving patients’ lives. As we continue to redefine the modern healthcare experience, our clinics in Ocean Grove and Hawthorn are proud to announce the introduction of the GLA:D® program, aimed at empowering our community to move through life with ease and confidence.

Understanding the GLA:D® Program

The GLA:D® program is a comprehensive, non-surgical intervention designed specifically for hip and knee osteoarthritis patients. It focuses on two primary components: education and exercise, tailored to meet the needs of individuals dealing with OA. The program’s foundation is built on the latest research, demonstrating its efficacy in reducing pain, enhancing mobility, and improving overall quality of life for OA sufferers. Each participant will start with two private sessions before they begin the education and exercise and class program. 

Empowering Patients through Education

One of the critical components of the GLA:D® program is patient education. Participants are equipped with valuable knowledge about osteoarthritis, including understanding the condition, recognizing its symptoms, and learning how to manage them effectively. This educational aspect empowers individuals by giving them the tools and information needed to take control of their health, making informed decisions about their treatment and lifestyle choices. As part of the program, participants do two educational sessions. 

Building Strength and Stability

Exercise is at the heart of the GLA:D® program. Participants engage in a carefully designed exercise regimen focusing on strengthening the muscles around the hips and knees, improving joint stability, and enhancing mobility. These exercises, supervised by certified GLA:D® trainers, our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists are tailored to each individual’s capabilities and needs, ensuring a safe and effective approach to managing OA symptoms. Over a six week period participants do 12 x 60 minute exercise classes. 

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The Benefits of GLA:D®

The GLA:D® program has been shown to offer numerous benefits for individuals with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Participants have reported significant reductions in pain and discomfort, enabling them to perform daily activities with greater ease. Furthermore, the program has been associated with decreased reliance on pain medications and a reduced need for surgical interventions, such as joint replacement surgery. By improving physical function and promoting an active lifestyle, the GLA:D® program contributes to a better quality of life for those affected by OA.

Bringing GLA:D® to Beyond Ocean Grove and Beyond Hawthorn

In our commitment to providing cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments, our clinics in Ocean Grove and Hawthorn are excited to offer the GLA:D® program to our community. Our team of certified GLA:D® Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists are dedicated to supporting participants throughout their journey, from initial assessment to the completion of the program and beyond. We believe in a holistic approach to health care, and the GLA:D® program aligns perfectly with our mission to empower our patients to move through life with confidence and ease.

Join Us on the Journey to Better Health

If you or someone you know is struggling with hip or knee osteoarthritis, the GLA:D® program might be the answer. We invite you to reach out to our clinics in Ocean Grove and Hawthorn to learn more about the program and how it can transform your life. Together, we can take positive steps towards managing osteoarthritis symptoms, improving physical function, and enhancing overall well-being.


Our commitment to redefining the modern healthcare experience extends beyond the walls of our clinics. By incorporating evidence-based programs like GLA:D®, we are not only addressing the immediate needs of our patients but also fostering a healthier, more informed community. Join us as we embark on this journey, and experience the transformative power of the GLA:D® program firsthand.

We look forward to welcoming you to our GLA:D® program in Ocean Grove and Hawthorn. Together, let’s embrace a future where hip and knee osteoarthritis no longer limits your ability to move through life with joy and freedom. To read more about our program or make an appointment please click here

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