The GLAD® program was originally launched in Denmark in 2013. Since this time there have been over 30,000 people through the program across Denmark with the results showing a reduction in symptoms of 32%. Other outcomes include a reduction in pain intensity, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and fewer individuals on sick leave. Program participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
Since the launch in Canada in late 2016 the results have been similar with patients experiencing improvements in their symptoms including reduction in pain and increase in their ability to complete their functional activities.
This program is unique in that it has been designed with the input of individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) and health care professionals who treat people with mild to severe OA. These individuals made it clear that the focus on both education and exercise was required and that it needed to be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening the muscles in functional movements and correcting daily movement patterns, participants train their bodies to move properly, thereby preventing symptom progression and reducing pain.
Information about the GLA:D™ program is provided here for you to share with your physician, family or friends.