Vori Health members get playlists of personalized exercises like this one to build strength and restore motion. This exercise strengthens your hips and can help reduce low back pain.
Have your wellness goals been sitting on the shelf collecting dust? Do you feel stuck when you try to change your habits? How many times have you wished you had someone to hold you accountable and keep you motivated? A health coach believes in you and helps you discover, clarify, and align with your goals. A health coach helps you get unstuck and motivates you to make sustainable changes in your everyday life that get you to your vision of health. Health coaches are key members of our clinical Care Teams at Vori Health and one of the top reasons why members love their experience here.
Grief is a precious gift. It helps us shed layers and get in touch with our more human, authentic, and vulnerable selves. And although grief is a natural part of the human experience, it is also one of the most challenging things we go through as people. Many people think of grief as one-dimensional—as only an emotional experience. But grief is actually a powerful, multifaceted, and typically uncontrollable response to a personally painful or traumatic event that can affect us not only emotionally but also physically. Here we will examine some of the physical symptoms that arise from grief and how to overcome them.
Low back pain is a global problem. It is a top reason people go to see a doctor and a leading cause of disability worldwide. On a personal level, back pain can put a strain on all aspects of life, from your ability to focus on work to your ability to enjoy sports or play with your children or grandchildren. Many factors contribute to the start of back pain. And once you have it, a few everyday activities may be inadvertently making it worse. If you have discomfort that is difficult to relieve, try to avoid these five common pitfalls which could be making your pain stick around for longer than you would like.
The holiday season is here, which means fun-filled festivities, time with family and friends, and food—lots of food! While making memories should be top of mind, it’s also important to keep an eye on your nutrition this time of year, especially if you are struggling with back, knee, or joint pain.
Colder temps are here, and so is soup season! As you fill your bowls, it’s good to know that not all soups are good for what ails you. In fact, some soups can increase inflammation in your body, especially if they include ingredients such as heavy cream, fattier meats, and larger portions of butter. With research on the rise linking these kinds of pro-inflammatory ingredients to increased pain levels, try these three delicious anti-inflammatory options instead.
Teaching is one of the most honorable professions in society. Educating our children to become productive members is one of the keys to our society’s success. But this tremendous effort takes a toll. To do their jobs, teachers face a startingly high risk of developing both physical and mental health conditions. And, many times, these two tolls compound each other.
While fall is full of treats like pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, and hot chocolate, it does come with some downsides. For some people, the season beckons the start of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you’re not paying close attention, this condition may sneak up on you and affect the way both your mind and body feel. Read on to learn what SAD is, as well as a few tips to beat it.
Almost everyone experiences lower back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily, lower back pain usually gets better and is unrelated to a serious medical problem. Most individuals who develop back pain do not need to be treated with pills or procedures.
Good news: While a disc injury can be a literal pain, it also has a high chance of healing without surgery. In a study of nearly 400 individuals with disc herniations, more than 90% healed with non-surgical treatment. Even though the first-line treatment for most disc injuries does not involve surgery, it is still important to see a healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms, because some rare cases require emergency care.
Your everyday lifestyle plays an important role in your back pain. Stress, sleep, diet, and more can all affect the pain you feel. This is why we practice a biopsychosocial (or whole-person) approach to back care. We understand that your health is not measured by a single x-ray or lab result, but shaped by a combination of your biology (bio), mindset (psycho), and relationships (social). We work together as a team to see you as a whole person, not just a body part.
Although disc injuries are common, their outlook is promising. With standard treatment (a combination of pain control, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy), most people with disc injuries heal without surgery.
How you eat, sleep, think, move, and feel are all connected. Taking time to care for yourself can improve the symptoms you may be feeling and your outlook on life as a whole. If you’re ready to make yourself a priority, but aren't sure where to start, try this 7-day Self-Care challenge.
When you're dealing with back pain, it's hard to focus your attention anywhere else. But, other factors in your life may be worsening your symptoms, if not causing them. For example, research shows high stress and a poor diet, among other lifestyle factors, increase your risk for injuries to your discs (the cushions in between the bones of your back). To effectively treat your back pain, your care should include more than just a prescription for your back, explains Holly Krymis, Vori Health's Director of Behavior Change & Health Coaching.
The chances are high: Studies show at least 80 percent of people in the United States will experience some form of low back pain at least once in their lives. Why is the lower back problematic? To start, the bones in your lower back (called the lumbar spine) bear a lot of your body’s weight. This raises the risk of injury to this area right out of of the gate. Other factors like the hours we spend sitting—and the poor posture, weak muscles, and weight gain that usually follow—dramatically worsen the problem.
The arches of your feet are architectural feats! They absorb shock, helping you stand tall and strong with minimal effort. But just like iconic arches around the world, the arches of your feet can also fall or collapse over time, says Jim Fiechtl, MD, a Vori Health sports medicine physician. In addition to age, other factors like injuries, arthritis, weight gain, and pregnancy can also cause fallen arches (also known as flat feet or pes planus). “You can also blame your parents,” Dr. Fiechtl says. "Some people are born with fallen arches. There is a genetic component that rarely skips generations.”
We’re sorry to hear about your struggle with disc herniations. If you have not already done so, be sure to get a thorough medical evaluation to confirm your diagnosis. Disc changes are a natural part of the aging process—which is why many people who get an MRI find out they have disc herniations. In some people, these herniations cause pain, and in other people, they are silent. It’s important to speak with a medical provider about your symptoms to rule out any other potential causes.
If you have pre-diabetes, you are not alone: Approximately 88 million adults in the United States have this diagnosis. With pre-diabetes, a person’s blood sugar levels are above normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition that can progress to type 2 diabetes as well as increase your risk for heart disease and stroke—but it doesn’t have to.
As national healthcare expenditures balloon into the trillions, a closer look reveals musculoskeletal (MSK) care to be a leading contributor to skyrocketing costs.In 2019 alone, MSK care totaled almost $253 billion nationwide, pushing employers to contribute even more to employee health plans.That same year, MSK care accounted for approximately 31 percent of total employer medical expenses, according to a National Business Group on Health report.
I became a neurosurgeon because I love making things better. Since founding my first company as a teenager, I have always pushed to make the world a better place. I developed and patented medical devices, founded and advised companies, and pursued years of medical training to improve healthcare. As a neurosurgeon, I was awestruck by modern medicine’s ability to make things better—to ameliorate the sick, reverse paralysis, and help an individual in a true time of need. But I also saw how modern medicine can make things worse, especially when it comes to treating back, neck, and joint pain.
I have often been asked why I left the comfort and security of my successful career in academic medicine to co-found Vori Health with my amazing partner, Ryan Grant, MD. The answer is simple: I am a doctor committed to helping people lead healthier lives, and I often struggled to do this in our traditional healthcare system. As an orthopedic surgeon, I like to fix broken things. But repairing such substantial flaws in our traditional system required building something new—something better.
Musculoskeletal pain is the leading contributor to disability in the world, including missed days of work. Musculoskeletal pain is also the primary reason opioids are prescribed, often inappropriately. Despite well-published guidelines encouraging non-opioid treatments, 21.5% of patients are currently prescribed opioids at their initial visit for musculoskeletal (MSK) pain.
For more than a decade, Ruth Shelton, a 68-year-old woman living in Memphis, had been battling debilitating back pain. She was unable to live the life she wanted—until she came to Vori Health.
Yes—especially if you eat the rainbow! Studies show that eating anti-inflammatory foods (think berries!) and taking certain supplements (hey, Vitamin D!) can lower pain from musculoskeletal injuries.
Research suggests certain foods can worsen inflammation. If you are battling inflammation from a condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, Christi Bowling, a registered dietitian nutritionist and director of nutrition at Vori Health, recommends limiting the following foods:
When you solve a problem at its root, you get better outcomes. We built our award-winning, patient-centered care model for MSK conditions upon this premise, and we are thrilled to report validation of its clinical outcomes from the Validation Institute.
Teaching is a selfless profession, in more ways than one. Although it does not seem like a physical job, the endless dedication and day-to-day demands can add up on the body. All the hours of standing, sitting, bending, and shuffling to various activities puts teachers at risk for developing muscle and joint problems—most notably low back pain. The good news is that simple solutions are within reach. Read on for ways teachers can improve how they feel and protect their bodies for years to come.
Although pictures usually paint a thousand words, your x-rays are not the most powerful part of your joint replacement story—even if they show bone-on-bone. "We treat the patient, not the x-ray," explains Jim Fiechtl, DO, a sports medicine physician at Vori Health. “The right time to have joint replacement surgery, even if you are bone-on-bone, depends on important factors like your age, overall health, and quality of life."
You're not alone in your discomfort—many people feel pain in their lower backs after a few hours on their feet. The exact reason can vary, but more often than not, the root of this pain is postural. Your posture, which is how you position your body in space, can play a crucial role in how you feel. For many reasons, including the large amount of time we spend sitting, the muscles that support our spines (like our abdominal and back muscles) tend to be weak. When we stand, these weak muscles slowly give way to gravity. We slouch, arch, sway, or lean to relieve the pressure, but eventually our muscles spasm and our joints ache from the extra work—resulting in the likely cause of your discomfort.
Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing something about cannabidiol (CBD). There are so many options—creams, tinctures, salves, lozenges, gummies, you name it—and so many potent claims for its benefits, including muscle and joint pain relief.
If you’ve ever spent a day striving to be optimistic—to see your glass as half-full instead of half-empty—you may have noticed your mood lift and your body relax. Those feel-good sensations are not just in your head. In fact, practicing positive thought can improve your health—and research proves it.