Depression and Osteoarthritis: Impact on Disability
Departments of Health, Physical Education and Gerontological Studies and Services, City University of New York, York College and Health and Behavior Studies,Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ray Marks
Departments of Health
Physical Education and Gerontological Studies and Services
City University of New York
York College and Health and Behavior Studies
Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 25, 2014; Accepted Date: August 7, 2014; Published Date: August 13, 2014
Citation: Marks R (2014) Depression and Osteoarthritis: Impact on Disability. Aging Sci 2:126. doi: 10.4172/2329-8847.1000126
Copyright: © 2014 Marks R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use,distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Osteoarthritis, a highly prevalent progressively disabling chronic health condition associated with aging, is frequently addressed from a physical standpoint, rather than a more holistic standpoint, even though psychological correlates are often prevalent co morbid determinants of this condition. This review briefly summarizes the literature on osteoarthritis and depression published over the last 30 years. From this review, it is concluded that depression is a frequent correlate of osteoarthritis disability, and where present heightens the prevailing disabling painful experience consistently and significantly. Since depression is amenable to treatment, it is recommended more attention to routinely screening for depression among osteoarthritis sufferers, rather than doing this sporadically, is strongly indicated for promoting optimal outcomes among this burgeoning population.