Hip and/or knee osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions that we get referrals for from physicians in Calgary.
The reason so many doctors are referring to us is because we run an evidence-based program, called GLA:D.
The GLA:D CanadaTM program is a nationwide evidence-based initiative that follows the current recommendations for the treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Research confirms this program improves the quality of life of patients living with mild, moderate, and severe OA, and delays or prevents the need for surgical intervention.
What does knee arthritis feel like?
Knee arthritis can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Patients often describe the pain as a dull ache that gets worse with activity and improves with rest. The joint may feel stiff, making it difficult to move the knee through its full range of motion. Some patients also experience a grinding or popping sensation when they move the joint.
Where does knee arthritis hurt?
Knee arthritis typically causes pain in and around the knee joint. The pain may be located in the front of the knee, behind the knee, or on either side of the joint. Some patients may also experience pain in the thigh or calf muscles, as well as in the hips or lower back, due to compensatory movements and postures.
Why does knee arthritis hurt?
Knee arthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joint wears down over time, resulting in inflammation. This can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joint. In addition, arthritis can lead to changes in the alignment and mechanics of the knee, which can contribute to further joint damage and pain.
Will knee arthritis get worse?
Knee arthritis is a progressive condition that tends to worsen over time. However, the rate of progression can vary greatly between individuals, depending on factors such as age, activity level, and the severity of the arthritis. It is important to seek treatment early to slow down the progression of the disease and manage the symptoms effectively.
Is knee arthritis curable?
There is currently no cure for knee arthritis. However, there are many treatment options available to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for patients with arthritis. These may include medications, physical therapy, bracing, and lifestyle modifications such as weight loss and exercise.
Read on for our most successful progam - GLA:D for Hip/Knee arthritis.
Can knee arthritis cause calf pain?
While knee arthritis is primarily a joint condition, it can sometimes cause pain and discomfort in the surrounding muscles, including the calf muscles. This is often due to compensatory movements and postures that the body adopts to avoid aggravating the arthritic joint.
Will knee arthritis get worse?
Knee arthritis tends to worsen over time. However, the rate of progression can be slowed down with proper management, including regular exercise, weight management, and appropriate treatment. It is important to work closely with us to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
Does Knee or Hip arthritis always need surgery?
Hip or knee arthritis can hurt your ability to function on a daily basis. We know that you want to be able to keep being active, play with your family or enjoy your usual activities like hiking or biking Calgary's trails.
The problem of course, is that your hip or knee pain from arthritis limts your ability to function. We believe that you shouldn't have to wait to get the help you need.
That may be why your Doctor has suggested that you look into the GLA:D program for hip or knee arthritis.
Good Life with OsteoArthritis from Denmark is an evidence-based initiative that follows the current recommendations for the treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis.
In Denmark, this program has been shown to improve the quality of life of patients living with mild, moderate, and severe osteoarthritis, and may delay or prevent the need for surgical intervention.
We've graduated over 200 Albertans through GLA:D. We can help you with you hip or knee pain, to prevent, prolong or recover from surgery.
- Two, 90 minute educational group sessions
- Twelve, 60 minute supervised group exercise classes (4-8 patients per class)
- Participation in the research project
Who can participate in GLA:D™ Hip/Knee?
Anyone who experiences symptoms from hip and/or knee arthritis (like pain, dysfunction, decreased quality of life) is ideal for the GLA:D® program. If you have an arthritis diagnosis, you're in! GLA:D has also shown significant walk score increases for post-surgical patients.
Is GLA:D expensive?
At $35 per session, this is the most affordable way to get in to see us. The total cost of the program is $490. GLA:D™ Canada is led by either a physiotherapist, chiropractor or supervised kinesiologist. We'll direct bill your plan, depending on your coverage.
Secret sauce - if you are on the Alberta Blue Cross for Seniors plan, you likely have chiropractic coverage but not physiotherapy.
GLA:D™ is not ideal for you if you have:
- Non-arthritis concerns, such as tumour, inflammatory joint disease or soft tissue
- Other symptoms that are more pronounced than the arthritis (ex. Chronic pain or fibromyalgia)
- Inability to understand and communicate English. Interpreters are welcome to join patients for one on one appointments instead!
To book, call Momentum Health at 403-455-0025 for this program at all locations.
Knee or Hip Arthritis Treatment in Calgary - the GLA:D Program
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