Osteoarthritis treatment Cairns using the GLA:D program is now available at Wellness Embodied. We’re proud to be the first clinic in our area to offer this evidence-based education and exercise program and research has demonstrated that the GLA:D program, provides an average of 36% of pain reduction. To commence your treatment pathway with this, please make an appointment online or call 07 4231 9777.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It affects the whole joint including cartilage, bone, muscles and ligaments. In most cases, there is no identifiable cause for knee or hip OA but increasing age, joint abnormalities and excessive joint loading can increase the risk of OA. OA is influenced by different factors such as family history, obesity, diabetes, lower limb alignment, joint shape, trauma and inflammation by metabolic syndromes. OA usually develops slowly. In younger people, it can develop due to previous trauma.


The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include, but are not limited to:

  • hip or knee pain
  • joint stiffness
  • joint swelling
  • joint deformity
  • grinding or crunching sensation (crepitus)
  • functional limitations


Cairns osteoarthritis treatment is available through our professional physiotherapists. There is strong scientific evidence showing exercise therapy is effective in improving joint motion, decreasing pain and improving strength and function. Our Cairns physiotherapists can help to improve your function and everyday life. We use different methods to decrease your pain, including hands-on treatment, and prescribe exercises to improve joint motion and muscle strength. We’ll empower you, providing education and self-management techniques.

Osteoarthritis Treatment Cairns With GLA:D

Due to severity of symptoms associated with OA, this condition can affect quality of life. People can have issues with mobility, balance or difficulties doing their everyday activities. Wellness Embodied leads the way in Far North Queensland, being the first clinic to provide Cairns osteoarthritis treatment With GLA:D.

GLA:D is an evidence-based education and exercise program developed by researchers for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. Research has demonstrated the GLA:D program provides an average of 36% of pain reduction, reduced analgesic usage, reduced need for surgery and improves confidence.

PEAK Program - Telehealth for Osteoarthritis Treatment Cairns

Our team of Allied Health professionals includes Cairns physiotherapists, occupational therapist, exercise physiologist, naturopath and remedial massage therapists, which enables us to provide a holistic approach to injury rehabilitation and prevention, as well as management of chronic conditions.

Various members of our team are also trained to provide osteoarthritis treatment Cairns using the PEAK program. This is another evidence-based Telehealth program for people with osteoarthritis. Wellness Embodied offers osteoarthritis treatment Cairns which is tailored to the individual. We provide education, individualised physical activity plan and strengthening exercise program, with minimal equipment requirement, in the comfort of your own home.


Referrals are not necessary to book an assessment or session with one of our Cairns physiotherapists or members of our Allied Health professional team. Please contact our clinic if you are interested in joining our GLA:D program, a group training program which brings people together with the same condition, or seeing a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist regarding your arthritis.

We can also provide home visits to clients who are under NDIS or privately paying.

Contact us for more information on 07 4231 9777 or book online below.

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Our Osteoarthritis Treatment & Support Team

Francesco De Vito - Physiotherapist

Francesco believes in an evidence-based approach and values building a trusting and collaborative relationship with his patients, providing support throughout their recovery and disease management journey. Francesco speaks English and Italian.

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Lea Samson - Physiotherapist

Lea is committed to helping her clients reach their full potential and get back to doing the activities that they love. Her treatment techniques include manual therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (level 2 practitioner) M2T blading, cupping and dry needling. Lea speaks Filipino and English.

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Nicolas Olguin - Physiotherapist

Nicolas is very interested in neurological and respiratory conditions. He provides support and treatment to patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and more.

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Catherine Lipsett-Moore - Senior Physiotherapist & Naturopath

Catherine has degrees in Biology, Naturopathy and Physiotherapy. She is a strong advocate of holistic treatment and endeavours to treat the cause of the problem, while also alleviating the symptoms. She offers physiotherapy and naturopathy appointments at Wellness Embodied and looks forward to meeting you.

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Kate Jeremy - Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Kate loves to find a way to meet a client where they are at and believes that everyone’s approach to exercise should be different. She loves to help patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, mental health struggles, back pain, musculoskeletal issues and more.

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Ry Darcy - Senior Physiotherapist

Ry works and lives in Cooktown. Ry is a Rural Generalist and has developed his skills across multiple settings since completing his studies at James Cook University Townsville, in 2016.

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Relevant Blog Posts From Our Team


They have great physios, who get to know you as a person, not just your illness. They also do nice little personal touches, like sending you a birthday message or checking in via text to see you're ok after a treatment.


I presently visit 3 different staff members and I find what they are helping me with, always improves my situation. They really care for me as a person, and I appreciate that! The admin girls are like friends - laughing and talking with me. I feel like I'm coming to visit family when I walk through the door. I love your business' dedication to community also


I was impressed with the all-round service, not just physio, but also nutrition and exercise and breathing


I love the team and the space at Wellness Embodied and can't thank everyone enough for the amazing work they do


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