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Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of the vertebrae, most often the L5 vertebrae. It's often difficult for patients to find help for this condition. In this episode, we talk about:

--The reasons for Spondylolisthesis, including fractures, genetics, nutritional deficiencies, and an elongation of the bone that can develop in childhood.

--The story of how Dr. Prather surprised a specialist who didn't realize Spondylolisthesis can actually be healed.

--How 40% of NFL linemen have this condition and are often forced to retire because of the pain.

--Why Dr. Prather believes 10-15% of the population has this condition, even though textbooks state it's 5-7% of the population. And why MRIs and X-Rays can often miss this condition.

--How the independent radiologist who reads the X-Rays of patients at The Prather Practice can take more time to read the scans than the typical radiologist in a more corporate or hospital setting.

--The symptoms of Spondylolisthesis, including leg weakness and urinary, bladder, and bowel issues.

--Why "you can't really deal with" Spondylolisthesis if you do not include Structure-Function Care, which is "essential". And why Dr. Prather has to approach Chiropractic adjustments of Spondylolisthesis in a specialized technique.

--The reduction of inflammation that can occur from Acupuncture in a "quicker, better way" than through using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs that can damage the liver and kidneys.

--How Dr. Prather insists every Spondylolisthesis patient receive rehabilitation exercises to keep the Chiropractic adjustments stable and in place.

--Why Spondylolisthesis can cause issues of infertility, additional back pain for pregnant women, and a more difficult delivery.


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