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Can depression cause low back pain or can low back pain cause depression?

Low back pain and depression are two of the most common reasons for doctor’s visits.  Despite this, there has been little emphasis by the medical profession on how these two conditions are related.  In this article, we would like to highlight some basic information on how these combined conditions can affect your health and the best approaches to treat them to return to health.

Just like the proverbial question, “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?”, it is difficult to know for someone suffering from both low back pain and depression which condition caused the other.  The important thing to realize is that there definitely is a correlation and that the best physicians and the most effective therapeutic approach will address both to return the patient to vital health and peace of mind.

What is the connection between depression and low back pain?

There are many causes of depression.  It may be that the person is depressed because they can’t participate in their favorite activity such as golf, tennis, cycling, hiking, or just working out. 

Dr. William Nelson, of Explore Health located in Scottsdale, AZ is an expert on identifying and treating the cause of your depression whether it is due to lack of hormones (, adrenal and/or thyroid disorders, lack of neurotransmitters  (link to nutrition for depression on full scripts), previous emotional of physical trauma, or complicated by alcohol use disorder (direct link to, or addiction to opiates (  He understands the importance of addressing physical and emotional pain and has great success utilizing the concepts of Mind-body medicine (

Some facts on Depression from the World Health Organization (WHO)

Most physicians specialize on a narrow area which means you’d have to have two different doctors if you suffer from both depression and low back pain.  Dr. Nelson is uniquely qualified to provide effective treatments for both conditions.  He has successfully treated thousands of patients with low back pain. (  He is also an expert in using Prolotherapy ( for knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and helping people recover from automobile accidents .  

Please call us at 602-692-4626 today.  We can help you become pain free with our non-surgical approach and help you become pain free without opiate pain medications and prescription anti-depressants.

Facts on Low Back Pain from the American Chiropractic Association

Dr. William Nelson William Nelson, NMD, is a naturopathic medical doctor who brings years of medical expertise to his practice, Explore Health, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Nelson is heralded as the go-to physician for patients who feel they have exhausted their time and resources attempting to resolve complex health challenges. He is also respected internationally as a preeminent addiction medicine specialist and hosts ”Your Road to Personal Addiction Recovery,” which is one of the most-listened-to podcasts on the matter.

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