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Alberta Health Services is piloting an exercise-based program to help people who have osteoarthritis in the knees and/or hips.
Offered through GLA:D Canada, the eight-week program is currently available in select clinics in all AHS zones, with more clinics opening later in 2017.
Research from GLA:D® in Denmark, where the program originated, shows that participants report less pain, reduced use of painkillers and more physical activity.
AHS is piloting the program through the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network. Other partners in the GLA:D program include Bone and Joint Canada, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute and The Arthritis Society.
(GLA:D stands for Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark.)
Two or three 90-minute education sessions focus on:
Neuromuscular Exercise Sessions
A GLA:D-certified therapist leads hour-long group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks, during which time participants: