Knee OA Treatment - GLA:D program has changed my life for the better!

Review for Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Knee Pain

Date: May 6, 2021 Written by: Nancy W From: Vancouver, British Columbia

In 2019 I became a client of Nadine’s after my family physician referred me to her for unresolved shoulder pain from a car accident. During the course of my shoulder treatment we got talking about other parts of my body that needed treatment. I have had surgeries on both knees for various issues and was told that knee replacement surgery would be in my future. I definitely wanted to avoid that! Nadine informed me about the GLA:D program and she suggested that I research the program, which I did. There was a GLA:D class that started in January 2020 and I join it.

The class size was kept small and it was very educational and fun. I learned a lot about pain and pain management. It was part of the program to be aware of which exercises caused pain, how long it lasted and what was the level of pain. Adjustments to the exercises could be made if necessary to keep the pain at a workable level. But we still had to do the work! Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She kept the classes engaging and informative. We learned about osteoarthritis and how to improve and maintain joint stability by doing the exercises on a regular basis. It is important to follow through with the program to build neuromuscular memory for proper joint alignment and stability. While I know this, I am not very regular in my current structured exercise program...

I have been able to maintain a regular program of walking approximately 5-6 km per day. I have been able to loose weight to lessen the load on my joints, which is extremely important. I am much more aware of my alignment when ascending and descending stairs and carrying objects.

The help and knowledge that I received from Nadine has changed my life for the better. I am able to participate in regular physical activity. I feel better and am currently living without hip or knee pain.

Thank you Nadine for your expertise and ability to deliver an excellent program.