Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects thousands of Albertans.  Osteoarthritis is a lifelong joint condition, can affect any joint in the body, and can make it difficult to participate in physical activity.  Although osteoarthritis does not go away, the symptoms of this joint condition can be effectively treated and managed.  Therapeutic exercise is an important component of symptom management.  Many individuals living with osteoarthritis experience pain, stiffness, and joint irritability that restrict participation in exercise.  Treatment sessions that include manual therapy, massage, acupuncture, and modalities (cryotherapy, current, and ultrasound) aim to reduce joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.  Once joint irritability is reduced, our therapists provide advice on what exercises are most appropriate for each individual and guidance on activity progression.

GLA:D Canada Program

Okotoks Physical Therapy also offers the GLA:D Canada program.  GLA:D Canada is an education and exercise program for the treatment and management of osteoarthritis.  It is an evidence-based program designed specifically for people living with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.  The program was developed in Denmark, but it is now offered in numerous other countries, due to its success of the program.  The program consists of 2 education sessions and 12 supervised exercise sessions.  The education sessions provide information on what osteoarthritis is, what treatments are effective, and what activity is safe to perform when living with osteoarthritis.  The exercise sessions aim to improve muscle control and joint stability, reduce pain and stiffness, increase participation inactivity, and improve quality of life.  After participation in the GLA:D Canada program, individuals have improved confidence in their ability to manage osteoarthritis.

GLA:D Canada Program at Okotoks Physical Therapy

  • Participants with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis
  • Small group sessions delivered by a certified physiotherapist
  • 7-8 week program: 2 education sessions, 12 exercise sessions
  • Program Cost: $400.  The program is recognized by Insurance Providers

In order to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a physiotherapist, or to enroll in the GLA:D Canada program, contact the clinic at (403) 938-2644.