What is GLA:D® – Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis Program?

GLA:D® knee and hip osteoarthritis Program

  • is an 8-week education and exercise program delivered by certified therapists for people with symptoms of hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA)
  • was developed in Denmark and more than 10,000 people have participated
  • teaches you how to control your movements and allow you to be more active


What is GLA:D™ Canada?

  • GLA:D® is available in Canada and will be offered in various locations across the country
  • The program includes 2-3 educational classes, 12 exercise sessions (twice a week for 6 weeks), and measures your outcomes to monitor your improvement
  • The goal of the program is to reduce your symptoms so that you can do the things you want to do

GLA:D™ Canada National Report Inception to December 2017


  • 458 Health Care Professionals in public and private sectors were certified
  • 61 sites implementing the program in four provinces
  • 607 patients with hip and knee OA participated
  • 428 – 70% consented to provide data with and 178 completing the program

3-month follow-up (n=178)

  • 28% pain reduction for knee and hip patients at 3 months
  • Improved walking speed and chair stands (3-4) completed in 30 seconds
  • Physical activity
    • 35% reported increased physical activity
    • 90% benefitted and 85% were satisfied with the program
  • 70% reported using the knowledge daily with an additional 25% using it every week
  • Reduction in pain meds from 77% to 72% at 3 months


What to expect when participating in a GLA:D® Canada Program

Education: 2 sessions + optional session with prior GLAD participant

  • Etiology
  • Risk factors
  • Symptoms
  • Management
  • Exercise
  • Daily activity
  • Coping
  • Self-Management

Exercise: twice/week for 6 weeks

  • Maximum of 5 participants (Depending on restrictions due to COVID-19)
  • ‘readiness’ and promotion of physical activity

Outcomes: Baseline values, 3-month (end program), and 1 year from baseline data will be taken

Ethics and data sharing agreements with participating clinics


What GLA:D™ knee and hip osteoarthritis Program Canada can do for you?

  • This program will teach you the right way to move to reduce your osteoarthritis symptoms
  • In Denmark, people taking the GLA:D ®program
    • have reduced pain
    • take fewer pain killers
    • take less time off work
    • are able to be more active