Health news of late is mainly concerned not only with COVID-19 and the vaccination rollouts, but of various related health issues. The topic of depression and its connection to the pandemic has received much press as we complete a full year of lockdowns, restrictions, and other changes brought on by this illness.
Depression affects upwards of 260 million people worldwide, without COVID as a factor. Reports of depression arising from the lengthy pandemic also conclude that feelings of isolation in particular have played a role in depression symptoms (Source: WVNS-TV). It is possible, too, that continued depression may adversely affect other aspects of health, including joint pain.
According to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, depression is a suggested contributor to inflammation of the joints, specifically seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients diagnosed as seronegative typically do not show the antibodies in their blood that helps determine whether or not one has RA.
In addition, the CDC has reported that arthritic patients are more likely to develop the symptoms of depression and anxiety as opposed to people who do not live with joint pain. Loss of sleep, loss of interest in activities like exercise and hobbies, and difficulty with focus may exacerbate stiffness in the joints and body aches if left untreated.
At Bon Secours, our physicians and staff work together to provide a full continuum of care for our patients. Minimally invasive treatments for joint pain and arthritis offered at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists can help reduce pain and improve quality of life. If you believe depression is a factor in your joint pain, talk to a physician today to learn more about the proper care. Contact us today to make an appointment.