Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts at least three months, and it is common for individuals that suffer from it to also suffer from depression.
While some chronic pain is caused by a diagnosable medical problem, such as spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, in other cases it has no clear cause.
Some individuals experience depression that results from their chronic pain and in some cases this depression can ultimately worsen or make the pain last longer.
However, there are a few things that patients can do to try to cope with this cycle of depression and chronic pain.
Minimize the Development of Chronic Pain
By talking to your chiropractor in Atlanta about your symptoms of depression while experiencing pain, your doctor may consider developing a treatment plan for both conditions. An individual that has shown signs of depression may be more likely to develop a problem with chronic pain that lasts beyond the initial personal injury.
A good doctor can suggest treatment options that are based on both the physical pain and the individual’s mental state.