German researchers discover depression and obesity have a link to chronic hip pain.
The study examined the data of 2,515 adults. The team drew a comparison between people with hip pains issues and those who did not experience it.
Participants had to answer questionnaires about their experience with pain. Chronic hip pain was defined as a pain that occurred within a week and persisted for almost 3 months. Disabling hip pain was defined to assess five functionality areas - physical, emotion, cognitive, social, and daily activity functioning. They were also asked about their depressive symptoms if they experienced any.
Their investigation found people with hip pain were more likely to suffer from depression or be obese.
Researchers say evaluating the psychological health of a person suffering from hip pain is crucial and can help lead to an effective treatment plan.
"The intensity of pain experienced from the hip joint, and particularly the functional limitations that ensue, are influenced not only by the pathological changes in the joint, but also by psychological cofactors such as fear, depression and catastrophizing," author of the study Martin Schwarze, DrMed, of Heidelberg University Hospital, told a news portal.
Adding, "Our results support the recommendation of previous researchers, that additional diagnostic studies should be performed for patients who experience chronic hip pain, particularly when there is a discrepancy between subjective pain levels and objective functional limitations."