Psychological Challenges in Treating Chronic Hip Pain

  • Timothy S. ClarkEmail author


Pain is a summary subjective experience of physical pathology, social setting, and a patient’s unique pattern of thoughts, memories, values, and emotions. This chapter proposes that treatment outcomes can be enhanced by a comprehensive assessment of these factors. Since little research has been done on the unique impact of these factors on posterior hip disorders, a review is provided of related research on the impact of psychosocial factors on back pain, spine surgery, and orthopedic surgery including joint replacement. A model for assessment with psychological testing and treatment is proposed.


Orthopedics Treatment outcome Chronic pain Pain perception Patient outcome assessment Psychological tests 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Program, Baylor University Medical Center, Center for Pain ManagementDallasUSA

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