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February 03, 2015

“Let there be light!”

Those are some recognizable words! They are as important today as they were back when they were first uttered. Today light may be a key to managing depression and growing positive outcomes of care for Baton Rouge back pain sufferers seeking help from back pain specialists like Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers’s.

A serious signal for effects of care – be that medical care or chiropractic care or other type - for low back pain is depression. Depression is an extra layer to peel away when back pain is involved. Chiropractors like your well-trained Baton Rouge chiropractor at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers are on the lookout for signs of depression in their patients because it does play a role in how a patient responds to chiropractic care. And your Baton Rouge chiropractor knows well how depression can raise its head: living with pain day in and day out hurts more than just the physical body. The mind must contend with it, too. There is hope and a variety of approaches to dealing with Baton Rouge depression. Light therapy is one that may be just up your alley.

First, how can a chiropractor like yours at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers check if depression is an issue in your back pain recovery journey? Check a few simple things like how intense your low back pain is and how much it limits your daily activities. (1) Your Baton Rouge chiropractic physician is up to the task!

Now if depression is noted, how do back pain and depression interact? Well, having back pain for an extended period of time is disruptive to your lifestyle. It keeps you from doing and focusing wholeheartedly on what you want and what you must do. Chronic pain is defined as having pain for over 3 months. When it goes on this long, pain is often in the forefront of the mind and constantly seeks attention. With help nearby in Baton Rouge, back pain patients don’t need to suffer. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers offers help via procedures to reduce the cause of back pain which in turn may well help reduce depression. Plus Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers may share some cutting edge treatments like light therapy that are newly research documented as being effective. It may be an additional modality that Baton Rouge back pain sufferers may want to consider.

So how much does light therapy seem to help relieve or alleviate the depression? A new study shows that pain intensity and depression scores positively changed the most with light therapy (bright or low dose). (2)  That’s hopeful! Take advantage of the sunny days in Baton Rouge.

What else could be considered a way to deal with depression? A visit to your Baton Rouge chiropractor! On those cloudy, sad days, seeing your Baton Rouge chiropractor for some hands-on care (Our Cox Technic spinal manipulation is soothing and gentle and relieving!), for some nutritional suggestions like Vitamin D supplements, and for some listening just may be the ticket to boost you toward healthier mind and body. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers listens and cares about our Baton Rouge back pain patients.

So contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers when your back hurts and you find that depression is keeping you down. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is here to help.