GLA:D Program Adelaide


GLA:D Program for Osteoarthritis in Adelaide

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.

GLA:D® Education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their osteoarthritis. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, participants develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

$564 for a 6 week program (2 classes a week plus an education session).

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GLAD Program FAQ’s

Does the GLAD Program work?

We are fortunate to have extensive research into the GLAD program. The robust research supports that participants experience a reduction in joint pain, reduced need for pain relief medication and improved quality of life.

In summary, YES, the GLAD Program can be extremely helpful in delaying and avoiding joint replacement surgery.

How much does the GLAD Program cost?

You will start with a GLA:D Initial Consult, and if recommended to the program, the 6 week program then costs $564.

Can I use health insurance for the GLAD Program?

Yes, if you have Physiotherapy cover, you will likely be able to claim Health Insurance Rebates using the code T560. Please check with your individual health fund as all policies are different.


How long is the GLA:D Program?

We recommend completing 12 exercise sessions over 6 weeks for the best results. When this is not possible, or you can’t attend a session due to illness, you can make up sessions over the following weeks.

You can also attend 1 exercise session per week, which would then take 12 weeks to complete the program.

We offer ‘maintenance’ GLAD sessions, so you can continue to attend the exercise sessions after you complete the program. Many people find this is helpful to continue to maintain the strength you’ve gained during the program.


What does GLA:D stand for?

‘Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark’

Can Physio help with Osteoarthritis?

Yes, Physio can help with Osteoarthritis. We can assess your current function, and design an appropriate exercise program to optimise your strength, and minimise your discomfort.

The GLA:D Program is specifically researched in relation to hip and knee osteoarthritis. It’s a great tailor-made program if you have hip or knee osteoarthritis.

If you have arthritis in other parts of your body, your Physio can create an individual program to help you improve your symptoms and quality of life.