Obesity and depression linked to greater risk of hip pain


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New research suggests both obesity and depression are linked with the risk of experiencing chronic hip pain.

Researchers examined data on 2,510 adults chosen as a representative sample of the German population. Participants completed questionnaires that included versions of the Regional Pain Scale, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ‐C30), and Beck Depression Inventory–Primary Care. 

A total of 124 (4.9%) of participants reported chronic hip pain and an additional 39 (1.5%) reported chronic hip pain that was disabling. 

The study found obesity and increased values on the depression scale were associated with an increased likelihood of chronic hip pain (odds ratio [OR] 2.55 and 8.53, respectively) compared with subjects without pain. Increased values on the depression scale were also associated with the risk of experiencing disabling chronic hip pain (OR 28.22; 95% CI 12.98-61.33). 

Presenting the findings in Musculoskeletal Care, the authors said given the findings of a strong association between depressive symptomatology and hip pain, “patients experiencing chronic hip pain would benefit from screening for depressive disorder.” They added “further research on the impact of screening and the results of appropriate follow‐up treatment would be of great value.”