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.
It’s possible, but the causes of hip pain can be complex. Where you feel your pain (on the side of your hip) is actually not the location of your hip joint. Your hip joint, which connects your thigh bone (femur)and pelvis, is located deeper within your body, closer to your groin. People with hip arthritis—or other problems affecting the hip joint itself—generally tend to feel discomfort near the groin area.
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.
A herniation can happen in many places in the body (think of an abdominal hernia). It occurs when a body part moves into the wrong spot by pushing through an abnormal opening (like a tear). A disc herniation relates to your intervertebral discs—the small cushions in between the bones of your back. With a disc herniation, a part of the disc pushes through a tear in the disc's outer covering (the annulus fibrosus).
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.
To learn why bending forward feels better for your dad, let's first do a quick anatomy lesson. The word "stenosis" means a narrowing. It can occur in many passageways in the body (you may have heard of a stenosis in a blood vessel or a heart valve, for example). Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the canal formed by the body's interlocking vertebral bones. Stacked one atop of the other, these bones form a passageway (known as the spinal canal) through which the spinal cord runs.
Our home is no longer just a place to live, sleep, and eat—it has also become our office, gym, yoga studio, school, playground, and everything in between. As a result, adults of all ages—especially older adults—now spend considerably more time at home. Just as we child-proof rooms when a toddler begins to roam, it is important to consider measures to prevent falls from older members of our household, too.
Omega-3 fatty acids reel in a lot of attention. They are key components of a healthy diet. Understanding how they work and where to find them will help you maximize their nutritional power.
You describe one of the most common noises associated with the knee. The crunching, grinding, and popping you may hear is called crepitus. Not only can you hear the grinding in your knee, but you may also ‘feel’ it, too. The most common source of these knee noises is your patellofemoral joint—where the back of your kneecap (your patella) connects with your thigh bone (femur), explains Jim Fiechtl, MD, a sports medicine physician at Vori Health. “Grinding can happen here as a result of some roughness of the cartilage behind your kneecap,” Dr. Fiechtl says. “Crepitus is most noticeable when the knee is bent, such as when squatting, kneeling, or going up and down stairs.”
Your intervertebral discs are round cushions in your back. Sandwiched in between the bones of your spine, they absorb the shock of each step you take. Your discs are often likened to a jelly doughnut as they have two layers: an inner jelly-like filling (the nucleus pulposus) and a tougher, outer casing (the annulus fibrosus).
Just like you map your training routes, it’s a good idea to plan your game day diet. “Timing and pairing of nutrients and fluids make all the difference when training for an endurance-type race,” says Christi Bowling, a registered dietitian nutritionist and director of nutrition at Vori Health.
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.
Studies show that certain factors in your life can increase your risk of back injury.
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.