This is the special December 2014 edition of my “Myopractic Answers” Newsletter, in which I tackle your health questions! This month, an auto accident patient who has been suffering from chronic back pain asked if back pain can cause depression.
Q: “I’ve had continuous back pain since an auto accident last year. In the last few months, I’ve started to feel fatigued, depressed and out of sorts. Can back pain cause depression?”
A: You’re right to wonder whether your condition and your depression are connected; back pain absolutely can cause depression. In fact, there are several studies proving
that chronic pain can cause depression in people who have never had a problem with depression before.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers found that back pain alone could cause depression in patients who had no other reasons for the depression. The researchers who conducted the study found that out of the 744 people they followed, 153 reported being depressed and 60% of those people had been dealing with back pain for at least three months. The researchers found no other cause for the depression.
Another study by the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa found a similar connection between back pain and depression. While the first study focused on seniors, this study was conducted with both seniors and younger adults and found that chronic back pain was associated with both groups, regardless of age.
Why Back Pain Causes Depression.
Chronic pain wears you down and often keeps you from doing things that you need to do as well as from doing some of the things that make you happy. It’s no wonder that being in pain for weeks or months on end can lead to depression. In fact, it’s quite common for doctors to prescribe anti-depressant medication along with pain medication to patients who are dealing with chronic pain.
Unfortunately, this approach is treating a side-effect of the problem rather than treating the cause of the problem, which is the pain itself.
Myopractic treatment focuses on alleviating the cause of your pain, and the depression that goes with it, so that you can feel like yourself and get back to living your life again.
Do You Need An Treatment?
If it has been some time since you’ve received a myopractic treatment, or if your symptoms have returned recently and you’ve experienced pain or discomfort for more than 48 hours, we recommend coming back in to see us. We can usually get you in immediately by calling (480)721-9433. Thanks for reading and until next month…