Depression a risk factor for low back pain

Depression and low back pain should be treated simultaneously, say researchers from the University of Sydney.

Results from a systematic review and meta-analysis including more than 28,000 people shows that those with depression are 60% more likely to develop low back pain compared with those who are not depressed.

Low back pain is increased in patients with more severe levels of depression, the study also reveals.

The researchers say the results suggest the need for an additional treatment model where the focus of low back pain management could be