Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a chronic, progressive condition most often affecting the hips and knees.Read More
Due to this condition, tissue and cartilage break down, eventually losing joint function. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, which can lead to movement limitations and a reduced quality of life.
More than 10 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 have osteoarthritis and although there is no cure, treatment options are available.
Osteoarthritis can develop in any joint that has cartilage-covered joint surfaces. The knee is especially prone to injury, which often results in osteoarthritis. Symptoms include discomfort during weight-bearing activity, clicking and popping sounds, stiffness and instability, and the knee giving out. In cases of severe degeneration of the knee joint, deformities like knock-knees or bowed-legs can develop.
Symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include pain on the outside of the hip or deep within the groin region, pain on the inside or outside of the thigh, and pain along the length of the leg.Read More
Some sufferers do not experience hip pain but rather the pain feels as though it emanates from the thigh or knee area.
Treatment under the care of a registered physiotherapist is a recognized and effective solution for many musculoskeletal problems such as hip and knee osteoarthritis. Physiotherapists in Canada are university-trained health professionals registered with a professional college in each province.
Physiotherapy is recommended as part of a treatment plan for osteoarthritis, in all stages of the condition.Read More
Proper ongoing care can greatly improve pain levels and maintain functional movement, and reduce medication usage.
Following an appointment, your physiotherapist may recommend several of the following treatment methods:
GLA:D Canada is a new, dynamic treatment available for people with early-to-late stages of osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip.Read More
GLA:D Canada has been shown to be effective in the reduction of pain, medication usage, and improved function in hip and knee patients. The program runs twice weekly for eight weeks with ongoing enrollment, and includes education sessions to help you to manage your condition and avoid flare-ups.
The GLA:D education and exercise program for knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) has had a great level of success since it was established in Denmark and is now available in parts of Canada. The program is active in regions within Ontario, and expansion across Canada will be happening in the near future. Our Danforth location is proud to offer this three-part program, consisting of education, delivery, and monitoring outcomes.
The education aspect includes training in the most up-to-date knowledge and research on the pathology and management of OA, such as assessment of the educational and exercise needs of individuals who have the signs and/or symptoms of knee or hip OA. It is important that patients understand how and why their treatment is being implemented. Patients will learn what osteoarthritis is, risk factors and symptoms, available treatments for osteoarthritis, self-management of symptoms, and coping mechanism to address the difficulties of daily activities associated with osteoarthritis.
The delivery component is crucial. Throughout the twelve neuromuscular exercise sessions, patients will discover how to control movements, proper posture techniques, how to build muscular strength through functional exercises, and how to apply these exercises to their daily activities.
Monitoring outcomes is a part of the program that not only helps the individuals participating, it also contributes to the growing the body of research and analysis that will continue to benefit the OA community worldwide. The program measures the health status of patients upon the first visit, and then at the 3-month and 12-month milestones of participation in the program. This information is vital in collecting data on how the program is working for people with osteoarthritis all over Canada and ultimately will improve the program as a whole.
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GLA:D™ Canada is licensed to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. For further details, please visit gladcanada.ca
GLA:D™ Canada is overseen at our clinic by Mia Bechard, registered physiotherapist.
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