Having arthritic knees can be depressing. But even more concerning is the finding that depression is much more likely to make mildly arthritic knees feel painful.
A recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that patients who had clinical depression were much more likely to feel significant knee pain symptoms, even when x-rays showed only mild to moderate arthritis of the knee.
This study underscores the importance of appropriate treatment of both arthritis and depression. Like many medical conditions, having one condition can effect the symptoms of the other condition.
Sources: Kim KW, et al. "Association Between Comorbid Depression and Osteoarthritis Symptom Severity in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis" J Bone Joint Surg (Am). 2011;93:556-563.
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