Depression and back pain’s vicious cycle

Depression and lower back pain are two of the most common conditions treated in general practice, and while many studies show a link between the two, how back pain impacts on depression and vice versa is unclear.

A new study conducted by a Perth researcher shows the two conditions are part of a vicious cycle , reinforcing each other.

Professor Markus Melloh from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at UWA looked at depression and back pain symptoms in 221 primary care patients, recruited in New