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Yes, your physical health impacts your emotions

One of the best things about my job is working with patients and getting them back to the activities they love so they can lead enjoyable lives in New York and beyond. Research shows that there are distinct connections between physical health and mental health, and I have had the opportunity to witness this firsthand.

There are a variety of reasons that individuals need hip and knee surgeries. Some have suffered from years of arthritis that has slowly overtaken joint mobility. Others have sustained injury after an accident or other traumatic event. Still others are born with complications that prevent them from moving as others do. Regardless of how you got in the position to need surgery, being there can be rough. When hips and knee joints are not working as they should, it can be literally painful to do even the smallest tasks, like walking to the fridge, driving your car, or sitting down to use the toilet. But it’s not just physically exhausting. It can also be upsetting and depressing.

Some people compare an injury to grief because of the loss of quality of life it brings and the lack of control you have over the situation. You might be frustrated that you can’t as easily do things like you once did. Or perhaps you feel like you are missing out on a better quality of life that you see others experiencing. These and other negative emotions are both normal and valid, and it can be incredibly helpful to speak with a professional therapist or just a trusted loved one about your situation. If you think you are at a point where a joint issue is continuously impacting your mental health in a negative way, it’s time to consider if a replacement or other procedure is the best choice to get things back on track.

Unfortunately, a hip or knee joint repair doesn’t instantly fix things. You’ll still have a brief time to recover and get used to your new or improved joint. As you go through the healing process and experience physical therapy, you might once again face feelings of frustration and worry regarding your situation. Keep pushing on and remember that things will soon be better. Working on hitting even small milestones and goals can make the process more bearable. With time and patience, you’ll be able to participate in the activities that you enjoy with less pain than before. You might even do some things you never thought that you were capable of because of your joint condition!

The brain is an amazing part of our bodies, and its role in both injury and recover should not be taken lightly. If you want to chat in greater detail about the brain-body connection or what it might mean for you, take time to talk to a professional about it. It can do wonders!

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