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Dear Vori

The side of my hip hurts when I walk—is this arthritis?​

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.


You Deserve This 7-Day Self-Care Challenge

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.

Dear Vori

What does the word herniation mean?

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).


5 Self-Care Tips to Help Say Goodbye to Seasonal Depression

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.

Dear Vori

My dad has stenosis in his lower back. ​Why does he feel better when he bends forward?​

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.


5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Falls at Home

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.


Top 3 Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Why They’re Important

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.

Dear Vori

My knees pop every time I go up and down stairs – is that bad? ​

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.”

Dear Vori

What do discs do, ​other than cause problems?

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).​

Dear Vori

I’m training for my first triathalon—​ what should I eat on race day? ​

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.

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