GLA:D Osteoarthritis Program

GLA:D Osteoarthritis Program

Change your life with movement today

Do you have hip or knee pain? Have you stopped exercising or moving due to hip or knee pain? Do you believe exercise will make your knees or hips worse? Are you at a loss on how to manage your joint pain? Well, you are not alone. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of difficulties with mobility and disability in older people. It is also common in younger and middle-aged people. 30% of people aged 50 and above report knee or hip pain.

YOU are in the right place! We have helped hundreds of people with hip or knee pain get improvements in their function, reduction in pain, rely less on pain killers and delay or even completely avoid joint replacement surgery.

Fifth Ave Physio is pleased to be offering the GLA:D Osteoarthritis knee and hip program


GLA:D Canada is an 8-week education and exercise program for those with stiff and/or painful knees and/or hips, or those with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Research from GLA:D in Denmark shows participants report less pain, reduced use of painkillers, fewer individuals on sick leave, and being more physically active.

The program will be run for 7 weeks virtually online

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Education sessions:
January: 11 & 13

Exercise sessions:
January: 18, 20, 25, 27,
February: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

$560 for the program

GLA:D Education


2 Education Sessions

Two education sessions to teach GLA:D participants about:

  • What is OA, risk factors and symptoms
  • Current available treatment for OA
  • How to self-manage your symptoms
  • Why and how exercise can help with your OA
  • How to cope with the difficulties of daily activities associated with OA
GLA:D Exercise


12 Exercise Sessions

60 Minute group exercise classes twice a week for 6 weeks by a certified Physiotherapist. You will:

  • Learn how to control your movements and proper posture
  • Build muscular strength through functional exercises
  • Learn how to apply these exercises to everyday activities


Data Collection for Quality Monitoring

The program measures how you’re doing at your first, 3 and 12 months after you have started the program. This information will help us monitor how the program is working for people with osteoarthritis all over Canada and ultimately will help us improve the program.

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GLA:D Measure

GLA:D® is an exercise program, originally developed in Denmark, for those with hip or knee osteoarthritis. The Danish program was called “Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark” and abbreviated GLA:D®.

The GLAD program was launched in Denmark in 2013 with the aim to implement guidelines to facilitate the highest quality of care based on the most up-to-date research. There have been over 50,000 people participating in the program since its inception. Several measurements for each participant have been taken both before and after the program. These results have shown a reduction in symptoms of 32%. Other outcomes include:

  • reduction in pain intensity
  • reduced use of pain medications
  • increased levels of physical activity
  • delayed surgery or prevention of surgery
  • fewer individuals on sick leave

Since the launch in Canada in late 2016 the results have been very similar. This is by far the most well-studied and researched exercise program for those with hip and knee OA. As a result, it has spread quickly and is being adopted by physiotherapists around the world.

Yes! Because all sessions are led by a physiotherapist they can be submitted to your extended benefits provider for reimbursement as part of your physiotherapy coverage.

Check with your extended benefits provider to see if you have coverage for physiotherapy. Many plans cover physiotherapy however amounts vary so check with your provider to confirm coverage. We are able to direct bills and electronically submit your claim to most insurance companies for your convenience. Please have all your insurance information with you at your appointment.