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Depression Can Worsen Knee Pain|Springhill groups

Posted Dec 28 2012 2:41am
Depression could make symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, or OA, feel even worse. In fact, 
a study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgerysays depression can have just as 
strong an effect on knee pain as physical damage.

“This was found to be particularly true in patients with radiographic findings of less severe – 
mild to moderate – knee osteoarthritis,” says lead author Tae Kyun Kim, MD, PhD, director 
of the division of knee surgery and sports medicine at the Joint Reconstruction Center at 
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in South Korea.

Dr. Kim’s research team studied data taken between 2005 and 2006 from 660 Korean men 
and women older than age of 65. They measured the severity of participant’s OA damage 
with X-rays, questioned patients about their pain and interviewed them to diagnose depressive 
disorders.
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