What Is Bertolotti’s Syndrome?

Q:
What is Bertolotti’s syndrome?

A:
Bertolotti’s syndrome refers to the association between low back pain and lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTV). In other words, due to LSTV, Bettolotti’s syndrome arises and causes low back pain. Its name comes from the Italian physician Mario Bertolotti, who first described it in 1917.

Mostly it is asymptomatic until the patient is in later twenties or early thirties. A chronic persistent low back pain with buttock pain is the typical sign.

Doctors use X ray and MRI to diagnose. Treatment for this condition includes steroid injections, radiofrequency sensory ablation (a procedure), physical therapy, and surgical intervention.

However, this term has become controversial and has come to represent a variety of pain syndromes. If you want to know more, please consult your doctor.

 

Keywords: Bertolotti’s syndrome.

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