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Back Pain – Clinical Depression Linked, Studies Say

Back pain can be very difficult to live with. If you suffer from chronic back pain, doctors say you’re at a greater risk of developing clinical depression.

Statistics listed on spine-health.com show 85% of patients who suffer from chronic back pain also suffer from symptoms of depression.

Some of those symptoms include things like:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Loss of interest
  • Withdrawal from people
  • Fear of dying

Dr. Andrew Block with the Texas Back Institute sat down to talk about the link between depression and chronic back pain and says spotting the signs is harder than you think.

Dr. Michael Von Korff, the associate director of the Center for Health Studies at Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative, has studied the relationship between pain and depression and says:

“There is evidence from people with both pain and depression that if the pain resolves, their depression gets better. If their pain is chronic, their depression is more likely to stay elevated.”