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It is important to be able to enjoy life on your own terms. Keeping your body and mind healthy can have a drastic impact on your lifestyle. However, your body may not be in the condition it once was, which could be affecting your mental health.
Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their body and maintain a healthy life. Pain from chronic orthopedic issues may be slowing you down, preventing you from feeling like the best version of yourself. Your body might not be able to keep up with the things you like to do on a regular basis.
Daily pain can affect your ability to maintain an active life. Routine occurrences such as getting up off the couch, walking upstairs, and driving your car can feel like hurdles when you have chronic orthopedic pain. When in pain, you may feel discouraged to do everyday tasks. You also may find it more difficult to exercise, sleep, keep up a healthy diet, and play with your kids. These limitations can have a significant impact not only on your body but on your mental state as well.
Your limited lifestyle due to orthopedic issues could have a considerable influence on your mental health and may be causing emotional hardship such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or other psychological strain. Pain may keep you up at night and make it more difficult to fall asleep. The consequences of lack of sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating, quicker mood changes, and a lower sex drive—all of which are shown to lead to depression and mental strain.
Orthopedic issues may also limit your ability to properly exercise and keep an active lifestyle. Exercise plays an important role in your physical and mental health. According to the CDC, physical activity reduces the risk of many diseases, decreases anxiety, enhances sleep quality, and improves cognitive ability. It is no surprise that when orthopedic issues limit your ability to exercise, you may not feel your best.
Many studies also link poor dieting and eating habits to depressive states. With orthopedic complications, it can be difficult to find the motivation to cook healthy meals and avoid low-quality food. All these factors suggest that bodily restrictions from orthopedic issues could lead to a decline in your mental health.
If you or a loved one believe your orthopedic problems are leading to depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues, we may be able to help. It is important to receive all the benefits you are entitled to for orthopedic pain. Get in touch with one of our experienced attorneys today to learn more about your options.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law