The GLAD ( Good Living with Osteoarthritis Denmark ) program has been running at Eastern Sports now since late last year with a number of participants having completed the 6 week course of supervised exercise and education sessions.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, for example – much less night pain and improved sleep. Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 I spoke to one client who was pursuing his goal of hiking in the beautiful mountains of Tasmania ( and due to travel restrictions may still be there! ). A couple of other clients have reported that they still get frustrated with the occasional ‘bad day’ but that overall felt they had improved confidence and strength in their legs. One client was already scheduled for joint replacement surgery and as such was participating in the program to prepare for surgery. She was home from surgery in 5 days and reported she found the post-op rehab was greatly aided by the strength she had gained through the course.
The nature of arthritis is complex and as such this exercise program is not a perfect fix but is a management strategy towards improving function and reducing the frequency of symptoms. As elective surgery, including hip and knee joint replacement, is back on the table, it remains a fact that evidence shows exercise and education to be the first line of treatment for hip and knee arthritis. Most people who participate in a program like GLAD will delay surgery, with 2 out of 3 delaying for at least 2 years.
GLAD is currently available at Eastern Sports and can be managed by an initial assessment via Telehealth followed by delivery of the exercises over internet conferencing ( Zoom ). Education sessions are available at this time on line through GLAD Australia.
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