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June is Scoliosis Awareness Month


National Scoliosis Awareness Month takes place every year in June, with the goal of stressing that early detection is key to help sufferers avoid a lifetime of pain and complications. The campaign also unites scoliosis patients, families, and physicians in a collaborative community of support. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine …

‘Spring’ Into Healthy Habits


Warmer weather and clear skies bring more chances to get outside and increase your physical activity. After being cooped up for the winter, it can be easy to overdo it the first few times you get out of the house. These tips can help you prevent injury and get you ready for an active summer! …

Buying a New Mattress


Finding the right mattress can help you sleep comfortably, while preventing pain and stiffness in the morning. There is no single mattress that works for everyone, so it’s important to find one that provides adequate support, comfort, and allows you to get a good night’s sleep. Here are five things to keep in mind when …

Proper Shoveling, Snow Joke

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

As the weather map is indicating, another polar vortex front is headed our way. This blast of Arctic air could bring Virginia a dump of fresh snow on the ground. Snow shoveling can cause back pain and injury, if not executed properly. It’s important to follow these tips that will help you minimize the risk …

Dr. Leipzig Gets “Best Bedside Manner”


Dr. Leipzig recently received first place for “The Best Bedside Manner Award” in Roanoke Valley! The award honors medical practitioners who were voted by the local community for their “empathy, kindness, and attentiveness.” Dr. Leipzig said, “I was honored to receive this award. It is the responsibility of the physician to spend time with their …

Dinner with the Docs

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

Dr. James Leipzig would like to ask you to mark your calendars. On December 10th, you are invited to “Dinner with the Docs.” The event will feature Dr. James Leipzig and Dr. Tony Dragovich, who will provide information about how to determine when to see a physician, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments. Join …

LewisGale Physicians Welcomes Dr. James Leipzig

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

LewisGale Physicians welcomes its newest member Dr. James Leipzig, Spine Surgeon. Dr. Leipzig treats patients who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments for cervical and lumbar spinal disorders. In treating patients, he specializes in both microsurgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Leipzig has been part of our southwest Virginia community for nearly 20 years, with thousands …

Dr. Leipzig Treats Spinal Stenosis

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

After suffering from spinal stenosis for many years, Diane decided to come to Dr. Leipzig for help. He performed a minimally invasive surgical procedure, and resolved the issue. Diane is now pain-free, and is able to live an active lifestyle.

It’s World Spine Day!

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

October 16th is World Spine Day! World Spine Day seeks to promote preventative practices and raise awareness about spinal health and spinal disorders. This year’s World Spine Day motto, “Straighten Up and Move,” highlights the important roles that proper posture and daily activity play in maintaining a healthy spine. Here are three ways you can start …

High Heels and Back Pain


According to a recent study done by the Spine Health Institute, 72% of women wear high heels on a regular basis. Doing so can have negative repercussions on spine health. When a woman wears heels, her center of gravity shifts forward. In an attempt to compensate for this shift, the body pushes the hips and …


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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.