Social Isolation Linked to More Pain After Hip Replacement

US News and World Report—October 26, 2013

People without social support may experience more pain years after surgery, according to researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. Their study found that socially isolated patients were almost three times more likely than those with good social support to have serious, ongoing pain two or more years after hip replacement surgery. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

"We believe further prospective studies should be done to determine whether interventions to evaluate and improve patients' social ties before surgery could lead to a better pain outcome after hip replacement," said study author Dr. Lisa Mandl. "It could be a way to improve outcomes without medication or other costly interventions. I see no downside to helping patients get the social support they may need to improve their quality of life.”

Read the full story at health.usnews.com.

 

Find a Physician

Conditions & Treatments

graphic: adult outline graphic: child outline
Select A Body Part
Conditions: Adult head Conditions: Adult spine Conditions: Adult shoulder Conditions: Adult elbow Conditions: Adult hand Conditions: Adult hip Conditions: Adult knee Conditions: Adult ankle Conditions: Adult head Conditions: Adult full body Conditions: Child spine Conditions: Child elbow Conditions: Child hip Conditions: Child hand Conditions: Child knee Conditions: Child ankle Conditions: Child full body

Complete Listing »

Media Contacts

Tracy Hickenbottom
Monique Irons
Sherry Randolph

212.606.1197
mediarelations@hss.edu

Social Media Contacts

Andrew Worob
Otis Gamboa
socialmediacontact@hss.edu