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Learning Network

Education sessions for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people across Canada preventing them from being active and doing the things they enjoy.

The Learning Network (LN) education sessions have been developed for people who want more information about hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) either for themselves, or to support someone living with OA. The sessions provide information to help with the diagnosis and management of their condition so that each individual can remain as active as possible. Information is provided to answer the following questions:

  • What is OA?
  • How do I know I have OA?
  • What can I do about my OA?
  • What treatments work for people with OA?


The 2 sessions are provided by a therapist and a person who lives with OA. They are 45 mins long with time given at the end of each session to answer questions so that we can make sure we give you the information you help you do the things you enjoy.  To register for the sessions, please follow the Learning Network registration page.

Managing symptoms while waiting for hip or knee replacement surgery

Hip and knee osteoarthritis results in muscle weakness which for many people has become worse over the last few months as they have been socially isolated, with reduced physical activity levels related to COVID-19. With surgeries cancelled individuals who are on a wait list have been told their surgery will be delayed – and for many people this might be for months. Reduced physical activity levels can result in poorer outcomes following the surgery.

The GLA:D program increases muscle strength and improves movement patterns and has been shown to reduce symptoms for individuals with severe disease including those who are waiting for surgery. By increasing muscle power, the program also prepares people for their post-surgical rehabilitation so that they can get back to their daily activities quicker once they have had their surgery. If you are on a wait list for surgery and are struggling with your symptoms, then consider taking the GLA:D program so that you can stay active as you wait and you can achieve the best outcomes following the surgery.

Virtual GLA:D 

The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program which promotes independence in physical activity. Many of the GLA:D trained clinicians are now providing the program for people in their own homes through visual technology on their smart phones, tablets or laptops. This may be all of the program sessions or may include some in person and some virtual sessions.

For anyone who is interested in participating in a virtual program we have provided some information here to help you decide if it is for you. Our locations page lets you know which clinics are providing the program virtually, however it depends on many factors so if you decide you want to participate you should contact your local clinic to see if they are providing the program virtually. Remember that if you want to take all the sessions at home then you can attend a program anywhere in the province that you live. So phone around to check the costs and schedules.

If you have any questions about virtual care contact the GLA:D™ Canada national team at for more information.

2019 GLA:D report 

The GLA:D Canada Annual Report for 2019 is available here. The report “Implementation and outcomes” provides the data analysed from participants who went through the program up to the end of 2019.

2019 Full report available here

2019 Supplementary Report

Key Findings:


  • 25 courses have been provided to train health care professionals
  • 1080 clinicians have been trained of which 74% are physiotherapists
  • 209 sites have launched in 9 provinces

Key Results:

  • a mean 15-29% improvement in pain
  • over 30% of individuals experiencing a marked improvement in activities of daily living and sports and recreation
  • over 45% of individuals experiencing a marked improvement in quality of life



GLA:D® is an evidence-based program for treatment and management of osteoarthritic symptoms. GLA:D™ Canada is licensed to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. It is currently being implemented by Bone and Joint Canada, a knowledge translation division of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.