Is There Any Relation Between Knee Pain and Depression

Tanuja Bisht

, Health A2Z

A research team from Japan has defined the relations between knee pain and depression.

According to a study that has appeared in the periodical “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” there is the relation between knee pain and depression as osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, that mostly affects millions of people across the globe, and a knee pain from OA damages the quality of life and further lead to depression.


When the study started between 2005-2006 none of the participants had symptoms of depression. Two years later, almost all of them completed observe-up interviews, the individuals spoke back questions about their knee pain and were evaluated for signs of depression.


Almost 12 percent of the participants had advanced signs of depression. People mainly experienced knee pain at night time in bad, while getting in or out of a car, or while putting on socks, and are more likely to report having symptoms of depression.


The researchers concluded that older adults with knee pain can be useful for supporting to display screen people beings in danger of developing depression.


Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease that has no cure and is common in middle‐aged and elderly people across the world. It mainly causes the destruction and degeneration of articular cartilage and surrounding joint structures in the knee, which often limits daily living activities.


While osteoarthritis is a serious disease with no cure, but there are some treatments available through which we can manage its symptoms. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the long-term management of the osteoarthritis disease includes:


  • Managing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Improving joint flexibility and mobility.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight with healthy diet.
  • Getting enough daily exercise.


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What Is Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common problem with many causes such as acute injuries to other complications of medical conditions. The pain can be localized to a particular area of the knee or be distributed throughout the knee.


A physical examination usually establishes to diagnose the knee pain and the treatment of the pain depends on its underlying cause.

(You may also like to read: Easy Exercise For Knee Pain )



What Is Depression?

Depression is a serious and common medical illness that negatively affects how a person feels, the way a person thinks and how he/she act. Luckily, it is a treatable disease.

Depression usually causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities. It can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at home and at work.


(You may also like to read: Are Anxiety And Depression Linked?)



Yes, with the above study, we can say that there is the relation between knee pain and depression. As the study suggests that knee pain and depression can be cured.

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