A new study from Portugal found that anxiety and depression can increase disability caused by low back pain (LBP.) The researchers sought whether the differential effects of anxiety, depression and their interaction affect the outcomes of multidisciplinary (medical/medication intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.) programs over time. Eighty percent of the LBP cohort suffered from some combination of anxiety and depression and the authors found “anxiety and depression predicted changes in pain severity, pain interference and emotional disability one year after the beginning of a chronic pain multidisciplinary approach.”
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