Managing your mental wellbeing before a hip or knee replacement

Information and advice on managing your mental wellbeing before a hip or knee replacement.

Mental wellbeing and pain

Pain and mental wellbeing are closely connected. For example, your mental wellbeing can affect how you feel pain. Persistent pain can also contribute to some mental health conditions.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

You should speak to a healthcare professional if pain is affecting your mental wellbeing. They’ll be able to advise on the possible treatments and support that’s available in your area, including:

Complementary therapies

Some people also find that complementary therapies like acupuncture may help. However, these are not currently recommended treatments.

The Versus Arthritis website has information on different types of complementary therapies.


It’s important to continue doing activities that take you out of the house. Being with others in a different space can benefit your mental health and wellbeing.

You can find ways to socialise through support groups and local arthritis charities. This will also give you the chance to meet people in a similar situation.