HIP AND KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS REHAB
Dr. Aleisha and the OWC team are proud to announce GLA:D™ Canada, a new group-rehabilitation program. GLA:D (Good Life with osteoArthritis from Denmark) is a research initiative developed in Denmark currently being expanded in Canada in association with the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation, Bone and Joint Canada, and the University Health Network (UHN).
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition affecting the joint cartilage and surrounding structures influenced by many mechanical and person-specific factors. In a healthy joint, there is a constant balance of degradation and regeneration of cartilage tissue. Osteoarthritis occurs when the balance between degradation and regeneration is disrupted.
Osteoarthritis is very common, and in Canada, it is the most common lifestyle condition surpassing high blood pressure and diabetes. Approximately 3.9 million Canadians over the age of 20 live with a diagnosis of OA. As we age, OA becomes the most common reason for reduced physical activity.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The symptoms of hip and knee OA can develop slowly over a period of years, or have sudden onset. The first noticeable sign of knee OA is often pain during weight bearing, especially when walking down stairs.
Pain can be located above the knee, deep inside the knee, the front or back of the knee, or down into the leg. Stiffness and restricted movement is a common feature of knee OA especially with full flexion (bending) and extension (straightening). Additionally patients may report instability or fear that the knee is going to ‘give out’.
Hip OA symptoms often begin with feeling stiffness in the hip after a period of sitting, difficulty getting out the car, or pain with weight bearing.
Symptoms of hip OA can be felt in many different places including: the outside of the hip, in the groin region, the outside of the thigh, down towards the knee, or deep into the buttock.
Did you know?
Osteoarthritis was previously thought to progress due to wear and tear of the joint, leading people to believe that they should not engage in physical activity and exercise. However, studies have shown that joint cartilage needs to undergo moderate dynamic loading through physical activity/exercises in order to maintain a healthy joint.
How can the OWC team help you?
Dr. Aleisha has developed a special interest in helping individuals suffering from degenerative conditions such as hip and knee osteoarthritis. Through her engagement in research, continuing education, and hospital-based clinical skills, her primary goal is to provide patients with the best evidence-based care to suit their current symptoms and goals.
Dr. Aleisha and the OWC team are proud to announce GLA:D™ Canada, a new group-rehabilitation program. GLA:D™ (Good Life with osteoArthritis from Denmark) is a research initiative developed in Denmark currently being expanded in Canada in association with the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation, Bone and Joint Canada, and the University Health Network (UHN).
What is GLA:D™ Canada?
Two (2) 60-minute Education Sessions
During the two (2) 60-minute education sessions you will learn what Osteoarthritis is (symptoms, risk factors), current available treatment options for OA, how to self-manage OA symptoms, how and why exercise can help with OA symptoms as well as coping mechanisms to help with daily activities affected by OA.
Twelve (12) 60-minute Group Neuromuscular Exercise Sessions
The twelve (12) 60-minute group exercise sessions will run 2x/week for 6 weeks and will be led by Dr. Aleisha (Chiropractor and certified GLA:D Canada therapist). During these sessions you will learn how to perform controlled movements and proper posture, build muscular strength through functional exercises and learn how to apply functional exercise movements to activities of daily living.
Data Collection for Quality Assurance
The program measures how you’re doing at your first visit, at 3 months, and at 12 months, after starting the program. Your data (anonymous collection) will help us monitor how the program is working for individuals with OA in Canada as well as help us improve the program in the future.
Dr. Aleisha with some recent graduates from the GLA:D program!
How do I get started?
Experiencing symptoms of hip/knee osteoarthritis? Book your initial assessment with Dr. Aleisha Adeboyejo and let us help you reach your goals!
Step 1: Initial Assessment
Book an initial assessment with Dr. Aleisha by phone or online. During the initial assessment Dr. Aleisha will conduct a thorough symptom-specific and medical history followed by a functional physical examination.
Step 2: Treatment Plan
After completing the initial assessment, Dr. Aleisha will review your clinical findings and suggest conservative treatment options to best suit your current symptoms and goals. This may include one-on-one patient care, pain modulating modalities, and/or participation in our GLA:D™ hip/knee osteoarthritis program. Additionally, she may discuss alternative treatment options requiring collaboration with your medical doctor
For inquires please contact Dr. Aleisha Adeboyejo at [email protected]