How mood disorders affect chronic low back pain

Patients with anxiety and depression need more individualised treatments

Patients with anxiety and depression may be less satisfied than other patients with their chronic low back pain treatments, new research suggests.

"Patients with anxiety/depression symptoms experienced more pain severity and more pain-related functional, social and emotional disability, and they were less satisfied with care, compared with the other groups," the authors write in the journal Pain Management.

The researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal examined baseline and one-year follow-up data collected by four pain clinics.

The 284 adult patients with chronic low back pain with radiculopathy had an average age of 60.

Patients with cancer pain, psychiatric or cognitive disorders that might affect data collection, and those unable to communicate in Portuguese, were excluded.

At the beginning of the study, patients gave details of their