The program is delivered in a group setting and involves two or three education sessions followed by 12 supervised exercise sessions (twice / week). GLA:D is currently offered at select clinics in all AHS zones.
The GLA:D program is designed to teach Albertans about OA with an aim to reduce symptoms through a targeted exercises program. Research from GLA:D® in Denmark shows that participants report positive outcomes, including less pain, reduced use of painkillers and more physical activity.
GLA:D Alberta is a collaboration by AHS, the Bone & Joint Health SCN, Bone and Joint Canada, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, and The Arthritis Society.
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Two or three 90-minute education sessions cover:
Neuromuscular Exercise Sessions
A GLA:D-certified therapist leads hour-long group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks, during which time participants:
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