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Understanding Osteoarthritis and how the GLA:D Program can help

Understanding Osteoarthritis and how the GLA:D Program can help

Osteoarthritis, often referred to as OA, is a common joint condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by the gradual degeneration of the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints. This degeneration can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are various management strategies available, one of which is the GLA:D program. In this blog, we’ll explore what osteoarthritis is and how the GLA:D program can help individuals with this condition lead a better quality of life.

Understanding Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and is often associated with aging. However, it can affect individuals of all ages, especially those who have experienced joint injuries or overused their joints. It primarily affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine, but can also occur in the hands, feet, and other joints. The key features of osteoarthritis include:

  • Cartilage Degeneration: In a healthy joint, cartilage acts as a smooth, cushioning surface that allows bones to glide against each other without friction. In osteoarthritis, this cartilage gradually deteriorates, becoming rough and thin.
  • Bone Spurs: As cartilage wears away, the body may respond by forming bony growths, known as osteophytes or bone spurs, in an attempt to stabilize the joint. However, these spurs can contribute to pain and reduced joint flexibility.
  • Inflammation: Osteoarthritis can lead to inflammation in the joint lining (synovium), causing pain, swelling, and further damage.
  • Pain and Stiffness: Individuals with osteoarthritis often experience joint pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. These symptoms can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life.

How the GLA:D Program Can Help

The Good Life with Arthritis in Denmark (GLA:D) program is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to managing osteoarthritis. Originally developed in Denmark, the GLA:D program has gained recognition and popularity worldwide due to its effectiveness.

The GLA:D program offers several benefits to individuals living with osteoarthritis:

  • Pain Reduction: Regular exercise and muscle strengthening can help reduce joint pain and improve joint function.
  • Improved Mobility: Participants often experience enhanced joint mobility, allowing them to perform daily activities more comfortably.
  • Better Quality of Life: By addressing the physical and psychological aspects of osteoarthritis, the GLA:D program can help individuals lead more fulfilling lives.
  • Delayed Progression: While osteoarthritis cannot be reversed, the program can potentially slow down the progression of the condition, providing long-term relief.
  • Cost-Effective: Exercise-based programs like GLA:D can be a cost-effective alternative to more invasive treatments, such as surgery or medication.

In addition to the group exercise sessions, GLA:D also includes educational components that empower individuals with knowledge about osteoarthritis, joint health, and self-management techniques. Understanding the condition better allows participants to make informed choices and take control of their health.

GLA:D Program at Kinematics

  • 2x 1:1 appointments with a GLA:D certified Physiotherapist
  • 2x educational sessions on osteoarthritis, risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.
  • 12x group exercise sessions over a six-week period.

New + existing Kinematics clients with hip +/or knee Osteoarthritis are welcome!

Osteoarthritis is a challenging condition that can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. The GLA:D program offers a multifaceted approach to managing osteoarthritis, emphasizing exercise, education, and lifestyle changes. By empowering individuals to take control of their condition and providing them with the tools and knowledge they need, the GLA:D program is a valuable resource in the journey to better joint health and a more fulfilling life for those living with osteoarthritis. If you or someone you know is dealing with osteoarthritis, consider joining the GLA:D program at Kinematics to assist with pain relief and improved joint function.

Contact us on 9421 3661 to find out more about our GLA:D program, or book your first appointment online here.