Large Study Links Back Pain to Mental Health Issues

People with chronic back pain are also more likely to have mental health problems like depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting about one out of every 10 people.

Earlier studies have also shown a connection between back pain and mental health. By studying the connection, researchers are hoping to develop more effective treatment plans. The recent study examined data from almost 200,000 participants in 43 countries—24 of the countries were considered middle-income countries and 19 were considered low-income countries.

According to researchers, back pain affects more than 35 percent of people and chronic back pain affects about seven percent of people in low- and middle-income countries. The study showed that those with back pain are more than twice as likely to experience mental health problems. Further research is needed—these conditions have an adverse effect on quality of life for millions of people.

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