GLA:D is Online

13 Apr GLA:D is Online

Have you had an upcoming hip or knee surgery cancelled or delayed due to the Covid pandemic? If you suffer with lingering hip pain or knee pain or have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA)- a structured exercise program as part of the Online GLA:D program could help!

Given the global context of the Covid pandemic, GLA:D is now run COMPLETELY ONLINE! 


What is the online GLA:D program?


GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program which has been proven to be effective in those with hip or knee pain. Benefits include reduced pain, improved function, and reduced dependence on pain medications. For more details of the actual program read HERE.


All components of the GLA:D program are now offered completely online! Read HERE for more details about our online consultations.



Are online treatments effective?



Patient education and strengthening exercise are cornerstones of the most effective management of osteoarthritis according to the medical research literature. These can both be delivered effectively using online platforms. In an Australian study of nearly 150 people with longstanding knee pain showed that online physiotherapy-prescribed home exercises and online education were effective in reducing pain and improving function in the short- and long-term (Bennell et al. 2017). 


What are the benefits of online treatment?


In addition to proven positive outcomes, there are numerous other demonstrated benefits to online treatment:

  • High patient satisfaction
  • Improved confidence to self-manage your own pain
  • Convenient, efficient and flexible treatment option available online
  • Strong adherence to exercises in the home environment
  • Comfortable and relaxed treatment environment                                                     (Hinman et al. 2017)


When is the program run?


The supervised exercise classes and seminars are run over a 6 week period, with:

-Classes held on Monday (2.30-3.30pm), Thursday (2.30-3.30pm) and Saturdays (8-9am);

-Assessments done prior to the 6 weeks and at a 3 month follow up.


What do I need?


A computer or phone to have access to video-calls and a quiet space of 2-4 metres to be able to exercise at home. We can provide a home exercise pack (including therabands and a slider) for your group exercises.  These home-kits can be delivered to your home if you live within 10km of the clinic (1622-1624 High St Glen Iris).

-If you live < 5km from the Clinic (FREE delivery);

-If you live 5-10km from the Clinic (a small delivery fee of $10 applies)

-If live >10km, then you will need to organise a pick up at the clinic for your pack.


What is the cost?


The total cost of the program is $450.

Rebates (Private Health, Medicare Care Plans) are available for initial and follow-up online physiotherapy sessions.

This cost also includes your home exercise pack. 


Where do I book?


To start the program book HERE  for your assessment. 

Alternatively you can call our friendly admin team on (03) 8840 8066.




We acknowledge GLA:D Australia for providing their resources.


Bennell KL, Nelligan R, Dobson F, Rini C, Keefe F, Kasza J, French S, Bryant C, Dalwood A, Abbott JH, Hinman RS. Effectiveness of an internet-delivered exercise and pain coping skills training intervention for people with chronic knee pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2017; 166(7): 453-462.


Hinman R et al. “Sounds a bit crazy, but it was almost more personal:” a qualitative study of exercise for knee OA via Skype. Arthritis Care Res 2017;69:1834-44.