Depression ? the correlation between back pain and depression

Nearly 80 percent of American adults will experience back pain at some time in their lives. If you are currently part of that 80 percent of Americans, you understand the debilitating effects back pain can have on your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that people with chronic neck or back pain are 60 percent more likely to exhibit psychological discord. These studies also indicate that the level of pain is directly linked to the level of psychological illness.

Suffering from chronic back pain sometimes means sitting on the sidelines of life and watching your loved ones carry on without you or watching your garden grow full of weeds without having the ability to fix it. While there is no definitive link made, many researchers believe that there is a significant correlation between depression and muscular back pain.

Ties between back pain and depression

Though not all patients who suffer from back pain will develop depression, there is a significant risk of developing depression after several months or years of inhabitable back pain. Some of the reasons for this correlation include:

  • Chronic neck or back pain can make sleep unbearable and impossible for patients. This can lead to irritability and psychological instability.
  • Patients struggling with severe pain may not be able to interact with others as they are used to. This can lead to immobility and isolation.
  • Those with chronic pain are often unable to work, placing financial stress on individuals and families alike.
  • Many pain medications prescribed to assist with chronic pain jeopardize patients’ mental health.
  • Chronic pain makes it difficult to concentrate and hard to remember basic elements of day-to-day life.
  • Chronic pain may diminish a patient’s sex drive, placing increased stress on their relationships.

Recapture your life from chronic back pain

Dealing with depression is serious. If you begin to feel unsocial, isolated, lethargic and unmotivated to do things, you should seek help from a doctor or physician. Other signs of onset depression include weight loss, change in sleeping pattern and feeling sad or apathetic. Depression from back pain is treatable and begins with you seeking help from your physician. Once you and your physician determine the cause of your chronic back pain, you can decide if conservative or surgical treatment is the right option for you.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgery to help treat spine conditions, including failed open back surgery. We’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. For more information about how we can help you recapture your life from chronic back pain, please contact our Care Team today and schedule a review of your MRI or CT scan.