According to statistics compiled by the federal government, about four of every five Americans will seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their life. In many instances, the pain is the result of a traumatic accident or repetitive stress or motion. There is, however, a congenital condition known as Bertolotti’s Syndrome, which may be the root of the pain.
Symptoms of Bertolotti’s Syndrome
Symptoms include lower back pain radiating from your sides, near your waistline. Unfortunately, many people assume they have sacroiliac or a lumbar-disc injury. Many individuals who suffer from Bertolotti’s start experiencing discomfort as early as their late teens and early 20s.
Treatment of Bertolotti’s Syndrome
The good news—Bertolotti’s Syndrome is treatable. Your medical caregiver likely will conduct a thorough exam and try to determine what types of movement cause the pain. You’ll also typically have an X-ray taken.
Initial non-invasive treatment plans include the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products, such as ibuprofen. Your doctor also may recommend corticosteroid medications, typically injected. You also can receive injections that block the pain, such as medial branch blocks or sacroiliac joint injections, or neurotomy, a procedure that uses heat to deaden nerve endings. In rare cases, the abnormality can be corrected with surgery.
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