Hi, I’m Dr Jason Berry, doctor of chiropractic at Pure Healthcare. In the light of depression being such a big topic at the moment, I decided to blog to increase awareness about the link between back pain and depression. Many people are unaware of the relationship between back pain and depression, until they are in the depths of depression, and it just seems a never-ending cycle.
Sufferers of chronic back pain, and those going through relapses of back pain, are those most likely to develop pain related depression. According to experts, depression is not a risk factor for everyone with back pain. But if you have severe or long-lasting back pain, then you might need to be concerned about your mental health as well as your physical health. Healthcare experts in this field agree that major depression is thought to be four times greater in people with chronic back pain than the general population.