Osteoarthritis GLA:D Canada

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.

It occurs when the cartilage (joint cushions) starts to break now as we age.  This happens to everyone.  The rate at which it happens and the joints it affects vary from person to person.  OA is more common in weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees.  It may occur more frequently in joints that receive repetitive stress such as the spinal joints and hands, thus your sports, work, habitual postures and old injuries will all play a role in which joints are affected.  There is also a familial tendency, so feel free to blame your parents.

The Main Symptoms of OA are:

  • Joint tenderness
  • Increased pain and stiffness – especially in the morning or if you have not moved for a while
  • Joints may thicken or appear knobbly.
  • Swelling may occur
  • Range of motion may slowly decrease
  • As OA progresses, you may have muscle wasting
  • Clicking or grating sensations are common.


Your physiotherapist will be able to determine the clinical presentation of OA, but for a definitive diagnosis, your doctor will X-ray the joint.  As the OA progresses, you will see a reduction in the space between the bones of a joint.

What can you do?

Exercise is one of the most important treatments for people with OA.  The tendency we all have when something hurts is to do less.  Unfortunately, this accelerates the progression of OA so we often hear the words ‘things suddenly went downhill’ associated with OA.

Regular and specific exercises for the joint/s involved has been shown to significantly reduce the progression of OA. The GLA:D Program has been specifically designed for the hip and knee joints for this purpose.

The GLA:D program

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.

GLA:D is made up of 3 parts: Education / Exercise / Data Collection to monitor your progress.

GLA:D attendee Patient Results:

– over 83% of patient finding the program beneficial or very beneficial
– 90% of patients using the education at least once per week
– well over half of patients reporting a clinical meaningful change in their function and quality of life
– approximately 70% showing significant improvement in their function

At Burrard Physiotherapy we offer the GLA:D program, we have expertly trained practitioners to lead you through this well-studied protocol.

Click here for more information about the GLA:D program, or simply book your initial appointment with us online or by calling the clinic at 604-684-1640 and one of our staff would be happy to answer any questions.



Physiotherapy is our passion. Your health is our priority.

Burrard Physiotherapy one of the leading clinics in Vancouver and is home to 12 highly skilled physiotherapists, 2 massage therapists, kinesiologists, yoga instructor, pilates instructor and exercise therapists.



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5 out of 5

After a couple of failed visits to other clinics, Linda Warren gave me the confidence the physiotherapy does exist and is useful. Her genuine interest in my condition (bike accident), professional attitude and all the information she provided helped me understand what's wrong and how it will get better. Her therapy is also helping relieve the pain and the worry associated with it. I feel like she could be my regular physiotherapist going forward.

5 out of 5

Great location, and the hours are pretty good. Just minutes away from my boyfriends west end condo so I usually walk over.

5 out of 5

This clinic has helped me a lot. I used to go for massage therapy when I had a muscle injury (Erika is great) and then for another injury I tried IMS. I'm legit terrified of needles but a friend told me to try it, and it did wonders. Farhana (I hope I spelled that right!) is amazing, a few sessions fixed me right up, much less painful than massaging the muscles. I am very grateful to the staff - they've kept me on my feet (literally).

5 out of 5

I went for a bike fitting with Thomas, a couple of months ago. He was friendly, knowledgeable and provided a full report after the fitting. He took the time to listen and understand my history and approached the fitting in a thorough and careful way. Cheers Thomas

5 out of 5

I've been going to Burrard Physiotherapy for almost a month after a triceps tear lead to arm, shoulder, and neck pain, and have been working with Kevin Chen. He's incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and receptive, and the improvement with my pain and discomfort is noticeable. The environment is clean and comforting, and the receptionists always greet you in a warm way. Treatment always starts on time too.

A mainstay of Physiotherapy practice in Downtown Vancouver.

Burrard Physiotherapy is an amalgamation of two outstanding physiotherapy clinics in downtown Vancouver. Burrard Physiotherapy Associates was established in 1982 as was Burrard Physiotherapy Clinic each of these businesses operated out of separate locations one block apart.

It wasn't until local Kerry Maxwell purchased both clinics in 2004 and 2005 that they merged to become Burrard Physiotherapy. The clinic is driven to provide an outstanding level of care and recovery for patients. Each of the therapists at Burrard Physiotherapy have multiple levels of training and education over and above their original degrees. In addition, everyone leads active lifestyles. This is essential to understanding the impact that an injury can have on your lifestyle. We believe physiotherapy carried out by a qualified team is the path to freedom of movement and mobility & we believe freedom of movement is essential to quality of life.

Our reception area boasts a coffee and tea service and comfortable seating in a cozy setting filled with local art. Any of our three receptionists will be happy to settle you in to your treatment routine while you are here with us.