Overall, the analysis concluded that there’s no evidence that prescribing antidepressants to treat back pain relieves pain or improves function. The researchers also found that in patients with low back pain, antidepressant treatment didn’t curb depression, either.(emphasis mine; source: NYT)
This is what they call a scientific system of medicine? Nearly 25% of primary care physicians in the country are prescribing antidepressants to cure back pain and no one bats a fucking eyelid!