The Link Between Back Pain And Depression: A Houston Personal Injury Attorney Explains

After suffering a back injury and struggling with chronic and constant pain, it can by easy to see how back pain could cause severe depression. However, doctors also believe that depression can lead to chronic pain, including neck pain, back pain, and lower back pain.

Back pain can cause depression

Any back injury victim will tell you that chronic pain can cause changes in mood as well as long-term feelings of depression. Living with pain can cause high levels of stress, sleep disturbances, insomnia, feelings of frustration, and feelings of helplessness. Over time, these problems can develop into chronic depression that should be treated separately from your back injury.

Depression can cause back pain

Several recent studies have also found that depression can manifest itself through back pain and other physical symptoms. In fact, a 2004 found that those who suffered from depression were four times more likely to also struggle with chronic neck pain and back pain. While it remains somewhat unclear why this connection exists, medical professionals and psychiatrists agree that it is clear that the condition of the body can affect the mind and vice versa.

Treating back pain and depression

Now that neck and back pain have been causally linked by medical professionals, research has begun on how to successfully treat these chronic issues. Most agree that while working on one issue is effective, tackling both the depression and the pain through separate treatment regiments can fight the two-front battle more successfully. Currenly about 25 percent of chronic back pain sufferers are also being treated with anti-depressants in an attempt to quench what can become a vicious cycle of debilitating back pain and debilitating mental illness.

Are you suffering from both back pain and depression in the wake of a serious accident? Speak with a Houston personal injury attorney today to learn whether you deserve compensation for your injuries and other damages. 
Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.