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Summer Back Tips


It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you are suffering from back pain. People tend to be more active during the summer because of the nice weather. While exercise is beneficial, people with back issues should be careful not to take on too much too fast. Dr. Leipzig and the staff at Virginia Spine …

Is It Time?


At Virginia Spine Care, James Leipzig, MD and staff always exercise great care before recommending spine surgery as an option for back issues. After an initial consultation and evaluation, non-surgical treatments may be recommended to help alleviate pain and discomfort. However, when conservative treatments don’t solve the issues, and back pain is persistent or disabling, …

Minimally-Invasive Fusion

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

What was once a daunting concept has now become a convenient way to address chronic back pain and take back your life. Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion is a relatively new transformation in orthopedic back surgery, designed to help people who suffer from serious back conditions and who have exhausted non-operative therapy options. Depending on …

Cervical Disc Replacement

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

Cervical discs are the cushions or shock absorbers that reside between the vertebra of the cervical spine. When a cervical disc has become too damaged or degenerated to function properly, there is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. Cervical disc replacement is a relatively new procedure that involves removing the diseased or …

Your Back For The Holidays

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

’Tis the season… for back pain, so be careful. As orthopedic doctors, we tend to see more cases of back and joint pain during the holidays than almost any other time of year. Many factors cause this uptick in patients. The stress of the holidays is surely one factor. Here are a few other contributors …

Overcoming Back Pain

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

Whether you’ve been recently injured or you’ve struggled with low back pain for years, it’s probably effecting the way you live your life. Don’t let lower back pain keep you from enjoying the activities that you love. If you’ve tried passive therapies such as ice and heat, massage, pain medications, acupuncture, etc., maybe it is …

Cool Weather Back Tips


As the summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, we don warmer clothes and get ready to rake and cut firewood. But what does the change in weather mean for your back pain? Some people feel that their pain symptoms worsen in cooler weather. Here are a few tips that may help you during …

Improved Surgical Technology


Studies show that lumbar fusion rates have risen more rapidly than other lumbar surgery in recent decades. The most rapid increases followed the approval of new surgical implants around 2000 and were much greater than increases in other major orthopedic procedures. Now that we are more than a decade into the 21st century, orthopedic specialists, …

Stretching & Exercise


Most adults experience back pain at one time or another during their lives. Common lifestyle practices, including regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight, can help you avoid mild back pain. However, when your back is sore, you may want to try these simple stretches to help ease the pain. If your back pain …

Minimally-Invasive Surgery


If you experience severe back pain or constant discomfort that leaves you unable to perform daily tasks, spine surgery may be a reasonable answer that could return you to a normal lifestyle. While spinal surgery remains an involved process, new technology, including minimally-invasive back surgery, requires much less recovery time and minimal post-operative discomfort. Virginia …


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    In the News: Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain

    Virginia spine surgeon, Dr. Leipzig, was recently interviewed by local news station, WZBJ24, on the topic of diagnosing back pain and the ways to treat it. In the interview, which you can watch in full below, Dr. Leipzig states that 70% of people will have a severe episode of back pain in their lifetime. Perhaps …

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    In the News: Robotic Spine Surgery

    The Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform launched almost a month ago, and Dr. Leipzig was recently interviewed about this sophisticated, new advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery. Virginia Spine Care is one of only five locations in the state to offer this robotic system. “I think it’s a quantum leap in our capabilities. The increase in precision …

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    Robotic Spine Surgery in Virginia: Mazor X

    Thanks to technological advancements, minimally invasive spine surgery is continuously becoming more sophisticated. New techniques are leading to higher success rates and fewer complications. Mazor X is a guidance system that allows an exclusive group of surgeons in the United States to digitally plan an entire treatment strategy before he or she goes into the …

"I enjoy interacting with patients and helping them understand their condition and treatment options. Spine problems and spinal surgery can be stressful. It’s an honor to be able to treat patients and guide them toward recovery."
James Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S.