GLA:D® Canada Program

Osteoarthritis in your Hip or Knee?

If you experience pain and limitation due to osteoarthritis (OA) in your hip and/or knee, this new program may be right for you!

  • The goal is to reduce symptoms so that you can do the things you want to do
  • The program has been shown to improve quality of life, reduce pain and use of pain killersi, and may delay the need for joint replacement surgeryii
  • This program is unique because it teaches you how to build the correct movement patterns into your everyday activities
  • The program is suitable for individuals with early to late stages of OA
  • Can also positively impact other chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, etc.

What is the GLA:DTM Canada program?

  • After development and proven success in Denmark, the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation to implement the program in Canada
  • The program is based on the most up to date evidence on how to manage hip and knee OA
  • The program consists of 2 education sessions and 12 exercise sessions over 7 weeks
  • Classes are done in small groups, delivered by specially trained physiotherapists
  • Individualized, targeted exercise that can be applied to movement in everyday activities are prescribed
  • More information about the program can be found at