An alternative treatment for low back pain – BayStateBanner

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This article states that depression can lead to lower back pain, per a clinical trial result. The more severe the depression, the greater the risk for lower back pain. The article then states different ways in which to cope with this issue. Mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy are two of the ways they list.

Key Takeaways:

  • People who suffer from depression have a much greater chance of developing LBP in their lifetime in comparison to those without depression. Moreover, the more severe the depression, the greater the risk.
  • Although the link is clear, the cause is not. However, if you line up the symptoms of chronic LBP and depression, the similarities become more apparent. In both conditions, sleep and concentration are impaired; people withdraw from regular activities; physical activity and exercise are not common.
  • Poorly treated or untreated depression has been shown to worsen LBP if it continues to go unrecognized. For better outcomes both conditions need to be treated at the same time.

“Researchers at Sydney University studied clinical trials of almost 23,000 people who were diagnosed with clinical depression.”