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Osteoarthritis and Depression | Osteoarthritis Blog.

OSTEOARTHRITIS AND DEPRESSION

May 1, 2011

depression

Depression usually isn’t associated with knee osteoarthritis.  But since osteoarthritis can limit people physically, the disease can restrict people’s lives.  This can lead to depression.

Researchers have shown that certain factors exist that can predict the severity of depression in patients suffering with knee OA.  Some of the predictors are:

  • level of pain
  • limited social contacts
  • physical limitations
  • age
  • being overweight

To help curb the onset of depression make sure your treatment plan is comprehensive.  Control your weight, manage your pain, and avoid social isolation.  Don’t be afraid to discuss how OA is affecting your social life with your doctor.  It is important!

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