One Study Shows That Anxiety and Depression Have An Effect On Shoulder Recovery

A new study in The Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation researched what influence psychosocial factors such as anxiety and depression have on an outpatient’s recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Design of the Study

The study included 176 patients whom they followed over the course of two years after having surgery. During their study, they measured the patients’ shoulder function, employment status, pain in regard to anxiety and depression and satisfaction with their surgery results.

Results of the Study

The study found that a total of 84.1% of the patients were satisfied with the outcome of their surgery. However, they found that those who reported themselves as unemployed and scored positively on the depression scale showed they reported more pain and less satisfaction with the results of their surgery.

What Does This Mean?

This study shows that a patient’s mental state has an influence on the amount of pain they perceive and how happy they will be that they had the surgery. In order to help improve the recovery process, it’s important that doctors recognize these psychosocial factors that can influence the success of patients recovering from shoulder surgery. It is also important for patients to recognize these emotional factors that can hinder their recovery.

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SOURCE:https://journals.lww.com/ajpmr/Abstract/2019/12000/Influence_of_Anxiety_and_Depression,_Self_Rated.11.aspx


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