A Canary in the Coalmine: How Depression and Knee Pain are Linked
Chronic knee pain is physically bothersome; it limits your physical activity.
You can’t walk much. You can’t sit in one position for too long. You feel pain when you’re putting on your socks. And getting out of the car can be one agonizing ordeal.
It’s truly pain-bad!
But what many people don’t know is, chronic kneepain can also increase the risk of developing depressive symptoms in an individual.
The scientific evidence?
An observational study which was performed on a group of people suffering from knee arthritis, and who were part of a larger Kurabuchi Study—an ongoing look at the health of senior citizens living in Japan.
All studied individuals were 65 years old or older.
The study spanned over a period of two years.
At the start of the trial, none of the participants showed any symptoms of depression. After two years, 12 percent of them had developed depressive symptoms diagnosed through follow-up questions.
Quite simple and completely understandable!
With physical activity highly limited, it’s natural for anyone to feel frustrated. This frustration with time is likely to build up. And on top of that if you’re having sleepless nights because of the knee pain, it’s the perfect setting for light-the match-and-fuel-the-fire scenario.
Experts believe that the study is relevant across cultures.
Barbara R. Sommer, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, commented:
“While the study was performed on a group of native people from Japan, it will be wrong to associate the findings to people from a specific culture; it’s quite likely they’re generalizable.”
The key takeaway?
When visiting a doctor for the treatment of your knee arthritis symptoms, it’s crucial to share every detail with them about your condition. And that includes any depressive symptoms you may have.
You don’t have to feel shy or reluctant about it!
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