Blog Archive

What’s Causing Your Migraines? Oct 1st, 2021

More than 39 million Americans suffer from migraines. They all experience symptoms differently, but they all have the same question: What causes this neurological disease? Here, Dinash Yanamadula, MD, at Princeton Pain & Spine Institute in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, unpacks the details about migraines to give you a better perspective...

Are You at Risk for Shingles? Sep 1st, 2021

The varicella zoster is a two-for-one virus that can cause both chickenpox and shingles. Fortunately, there are vaccines for both conditions to help you avoid the fever, rash, and pain that typically accompany the infections. At Princeton Pain & Spine Institute in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Dinash Yanamadula, MD, and our...

You Don't Have to Live with Joint Pain Aug 4th, 2021

Like the local joint down the street where folks get together to socialize, the joints in your body are the places where your bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles meet and mingle. Under healthy circumstances, they all get along. But, if one or more of them are impaired, there can be...

Restore Mobility with Physical Therapy Jul 8th, 2021

If you’re recovering from an injury or dealing with a chronic pain condition, one of the first things to decline is mobility. Mobility challenges can range in severity. You may have trouble gripping a jar lid, pulling a sweater over your head, or getting out of a chair for example. ...

Can You Completely Avoid Arthritis? Jun 24th, 2021

The more you use things, the faster they wear out. It’s true of everything, from cars, toys, and electronics to your body parts, including your joints. As the cartilage wears down in the knees, hips, and hands, osteoarthritis sets in and pain and stiffness become a way of life. And,...

Why is Balance So Important? May 14th, 2021

The most basic human activities, such as walking and standing, require steady balance. Yet, most people don’t intentionally choose exercises to improve this essential function. Fortunately, many workout routines that are designed to increase your cardiovascular capacity, muscle strength, and range of motion can also benefit your balance at the...

The Link Between Screen Time and Headaches Apr 12th, 2021

We’ve seen the decline of so many normal activities since the COVID-19 pandemic hit: eating out, having parties, celebrating weddings, even basic physical human contact. But one thing has increased dramatically — screen time.  Between computers, tablets, smartphones, and television, studies show that the amount of time people spend looking...

How to Get the Most Out of Bodyweight Exercises Mar 9th, 2021

A strong body is a healthy body, and to get that, you need to intentionally incorporate exercise into your daily routine. If your job requires physical labor, you’re ahead of the game, but if you sit at a desk all day, you need to add exercise to your to-do list...

Everything You Need to Know About Headaches and Migraines Feb 11th, 2021

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 5% of all adults suffer from a headache every day, and nearly every single person has one occasionally. They’re so common, in fact, that you may be tempted to just dismiss them as an unfortunate fact of life.  But all headaches mean...

Can Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed? Jan 13th, 2021

Your spinal column is very complex. It contains 33 vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another. Between your vertebrae are gel-filled discs. And all of this is held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which allow you to bend, flex, extend, and twist. Meanwhile, there are countless sensitive...

I Have Shingles! What are My Pain Relief Options? Dec 3rd, 2020

Ever since you had chickenpox as a kid, the virus that caused it — called varicella zoster — has been hiding inside your body like a sleeping giant. As long as nothing wakes it up, you have nothing to worry about.  In fact, the virus may lie dormant for years...

Help for Your Sciatica Nov 8th, 2020

Your sciatic nerve — which is the longest nerve in your body — starts in the small of your back and travels through your buttocks and down each leg to the feet. If this nerve gets irritated or damaged, it can result in a condition called sciatica. Sciatica can cause...

How You Can Avoid Spraining Your Ankle Oct 1st, 2020

Every day, about 25,000 Americans sprain their ankle, usually while participating in sports. But it can just as easily happen while you’re mowing the lawn or walking down a flight of stairs. A twist or turn inward or outward can stretch or tear the ligaments that support your bones and...

5 Things You Do Everyday That Are Hurting Your Back Sep 9th, 2020

You likely know a few common sense things that can negatively impact your overall health. Not staying hydrated, not getting enough sleep, and not consuming enough vitamins and minerals, for example, is a recipe for a sluggish immune system. But, there are some things that could be exacerbating your back...

Can Physical Therapy Prevent Future Injuries? Aug 19th, 2020

If you think physical therapy is just for rehabilitation, think again. Although physical therapy is great at helping people recover from injury, it can do much more than just help you get back in the game. It can help keep you from getting injured in the first place.  Physical therapists...

Different Types of Headaches Jul 22nd, 2020

Generally speaking, all headaches involve pain in the head. But exactly where you feel it, how intense it is, how long it lasts, how often you experience it, and what makes it feel better are all important factors in determining the kinds of headaches you may be experiencing. The more...

The 5 Most Common Causes of Neck Pain Jun 23rd, 2020

Your neck allows you to hold up your 10-pound head, check for oncoming traffic, and bend down to check your texts, multitasking all day long. To do that, it relies on a complex system of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Although your neck is amazingly capable and resilient, it...

Spinal Stenosis — Understanding the Warning Signs May 27th, 2020

If you’ve ever seen the backside of a switchboard or the tangled cables of a network server, you have an idea of what the nerves look like as they snake in and out of your spinal column. The nerves are delicate, highly sensitive, and extremely numerous, so there’s not much...

How Your Weight Affects Your Joints Apr 22nd, 2020

Much of your body weight rests on your joints, which are meeting places for bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If too much weight is constantly bearing down on your joints, they can begin to wear down.  Dinash Yanamadula, MD, at Princeton Pain & Spine Institute in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, sees...

How Headaches Might Stem from a Back Problem Mar 13th, 2020

Dealing with chronic headaches is tough enough, but if they’re linked to a back problem, that’s double-trouble. The two conditions are so common that they rank in the top five causes for disability worldwide. If you have both at the same time, you may be receiving treatment for two different...

The Link Between Chickenpox and Shingles Feb 7th, 2020

Despite its silly name, chickenpox is a serious disease. Caused by the varicella zoster virus, the infection can produce hundreds of blisters all over your body that itch with annoying persistence. It’s highly contagious and was very prevalent in the United States for many years.  The Centers for Disease Control...

Why You Should Always See a Doctor After a Car Crash — Even if You Don't Feel Pain Jan 1st, 2020

People who visit emergency rooms immediately after a car accident come in with a wide variety of injuries. Some of the most common include whiplash, concussion, and damage to the spinal cord.  Even if you’re feeling fine after any kind of accident, though, always err on the side of caution...

Is Back Pain Normal as You Age? Dec 1st, 2019

Body aches and pains are a natural part of growing older. But back pain doesn’t have to keep you from living life to its fullest. At Princeton Pain and Spine Institute, Dr.  Dinash Yanamadula offers a wide range of medical services that ensure patients can safeguard their health and live...

5 Reasons Physical Therapy is So Beneficial for Healing Nov 1st, 2019

Pain and injury can really take a toll on your quality of life. Many people with pain and injuries think their only choices for treating them are taking pills or suffering. Fortunately, there are other options that can really make a difference in relieving pain and helping your body to...

3 Factors That Put You at a Greater Risk for Developing Sciatica Oct 1st, 2019

When the nerve in your lower back called the sciatic nerve is compressed or damaged, it sends pain through your buttocks and down your leg. It’s usually the result of a herniated disc or bone spur in your spine, or spinal stenosis, a condition that causes your spinal column to...

5 Ways to Prevent Tech Neck Sep 1st, 2019

Have you ever calculated the amount of time you spend looking at screens every day? A recent Forbes article revealed that the average American spends up to 12 hours a day in front of their TVs, computers, and smart device. If you spend your day at work using screens, that figure...

Learn to Recognize Shingles Symptoms Early Aug 19th, 2019

Did you have chickenpox as a kid? Are you experiencing similar symptoms as an adult? Unfortunately, shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus, which never leaves the body. Even decades after your chickenpox disappeared, the virus lies dormant in nerves near the spinal cord and brain. Doctors aren’t...

Top 3 Things to Know About Epidural Steroid Injection Jul 3rd, 2019

The nerves in your body have a complex job to do. They send sensory information to the brain and maintain two-way communication. Sometimes the nerves in certain areas can become irritated and send constant pain signals to the brain. When this happens, Dr. Yanamadula can deliver a steroid injection to...

That Chronic Headache Could be the Result of a Back or Neck Injury Jun 19th, 2019

Headaches happen to everyone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the average headache, which might come from lack of sleep, tight headwear, or even an outdated glasses prescription. While headaches are normal, chronic headaches are not. If you experience headaches more than 15 days per month, you know how disrupting...

Why Proper Posture is Important to Your Overall Health and How to Get it May 15th, 2019

Are you experiencing stiffness and pain in your back, neck, or shoulders? It may be a result of bad posture. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your head weighs around 10 pounds when it’s in line with your shoulders. If your tilt your head forward by an inch, it can double...

Low Back Pain Feb 7th, 2017

Low Back Pain Low back pain can interfere with your everyday life, making even routine tasks difficult and painful. The right treatment can improve your lower back pain and help you to return to the activities you enjoy. In many cases, low back pain can be successfully treated with nonsurgical...