How GLA:D Canada Does It Differently
Did you know that osteoarthritis affects over 10% of youth aged 15 and older in Canada? Startling research findings have also shown that about 38% of youth aged 20 and over and 28% of people aged 60 and over have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, making it one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses. Affecting more Canadians than all other types of arthritis combined, it is essentially a progressive disease that erodes joint cartilage and underlying bone, sometimes leading to disability. Osteoarthritis is expected to increase significantly over the next couple of years — which is why effective treatment for this disorder is necessary.
When it comes to the programs currently in place for osteoarthritis, many focus on the medical and surgical treatment rather than patient education, exercises, and weight loss in their treatment plan. However, with GLA:D, it allows patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis to start the program during signs of first symptoms. The program has assisted with pain reduction and improving functionality and quality of life. After the launch in Denmark, it has seen success with patients and has gained massive interest from health professionals and the media.