Chronic back pain — understanding the link between back pain and depression

Depression is one of the most common side effects of chronic back pain. In many cases, chronic back pain prevents people from doing the things that they love. In some cases, it prevents people from completing normal, daily activities.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you understand the feeling of missing out on life. It almost feels like you’re being forced to sit down and watch your life pass around you. This is a normal feeling, and most people who suffer from chronic back pain experience this side effect. If you are feeling depressed, don’t lose hope. There is a cure for your back pain and we are committed to helping you find relief.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the depression that is associated with years of constant back pain. Most of our patients suffered for eight to 10 years before seeking our help. We’ve helped over 50,000 people find relief from neck and back pain and recapture their lives, and we’re confident we can help you find relief and return to your normal activities and hobbies that you love. Our care team is here to help you by educating you about your spine condition and helping your find the best treatment solution for your needs and your lifestyle. As you continue to research a cure for your back pain, we encourage you to consult our care team with your questions.

Understanding the link between chronic pain and depression

Most cases of depression associated with chronic back pain are considered situational depression. Situational depression essentially means that there is nothing chemically altered in the brain to cause the depression, but that the situations in life have caused an individual to experience depression.

For many people, the inability to move and live without pain can cause depression. It is important to note that this depression is temporary and will be alleviated when a treatment is found for the chronic back pain. If you are experiencing this type of depression due to lack of activity and feeling a loss of purpose due to chronic back pain, it is important that you seek a physician. Your physician can help counsel you through your depression and find a treatment option for your back to help alleviate your pain and get you back to living your life.

You should also consult your physician about any pain medication you take for your back pain. Certain medications may cause depression, and it’s important for your physician to know if you are experiencing any side effects.

Treatment options for chronic back pain

If you are suffering from depression and chronic back pain, we are here to help you find relief and reclaim your quality of life. Our care team is devoted to helping you find the relief you deserve. We offer several minimally invasive spine surgeries to offer lasting treatment for the most common spine conditions. We can also help you find conservative treatment options to heal your back pain, such as lifestyle changes, stretches and exercises. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we are confident that we can help you find relief from your chronic back and depression and take back your life.