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How is depression related to osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Depression has been strongly linked to osteoarthritis. Researchers think one reason for this link is because osteoarthritis limits a person's ability to perform daily tasks. It can be very frustrating to be unable to do things you used to do. Some research shows that there is up to an 18% higher risk of depression in people with osteoarthritis. If you think you are depressed, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor.

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