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Stretches That Relieve Back Pain


Having a stiff back makes it uncomfortable to perform daily tasks, especially when you have a spinal disorder. Although most who experience back pain would rather avoid physical activity, stretching out the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can improve range of motion and reduce the stress put on joints. If you are experiencing back pain or …

3 Daily Tasks to Improve Your Posture


Having good posture helps alleviate the stress on your spine. It can also boost your concentration, enhance your breathing, and help you avoid many types of spinal discomfort. Sitting upright and keeping your shoulders loose is a great start, but adding these three tasks to your daily routine will make your posture even better: Stay …

Is Surgery Necessary For Degenerative Spondylolisthesis?


According to a study in the journal Spine, data shows that degenerative disease of the upper spinal vertebrae shows little or no evidence of worsening degeneration over time. For many patients with unstable cervical degenerative spondylolisthesis, observation may actually be the better alternative to surgery. Degenerative spondylolisthesis refers to “slipped” vertebrae caused by bone degeneration. …

James M. Leipzig Receives “Best Bedside Manner” Award For Spine Surgery

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

Our Health Magazine, Virginia recently awarded James. M. Leipzig with “Best Bedside Manner” for Spine Surgery. Spine surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect the spinal cord. To view the current edition of Our Health Virginia, you can visit the digital issue here. Best Bedside …

Degenerative Spinal Disorders and Treatment

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

Degenerative spinal disorders are common disorders, often associated with aging. Degeneration may cause disc herniation, pressure on the spinal cord, stenosis, or osteoarthritis. Other conditions, such as infection, arthritis, or even muscle strains can also effect the normal function of your spine. The discs between the bones of your spine consist of cartilage, fibrous tissue, …

14 Natural Pain Relievers For Chronic Back Pain


Here’s a list natural pain relievers by Stephanie Burke (Spine-Health) that may help chronic back pain. Each of these won’t be for everyone, but any number of these natural pain relievers might help you rely less on pain medications and feel more in control of your life. Release your inner endorphins. These natural chemicals block …

Winterize Your Run

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

Just because it’s cold outside does not mean you should be stuck inside on the treadmill. According to Rozalynn Frazier of, just five minutes of exercising in the fresh air can boost your energy and mood. However, it’s important to avoid cold-weather mishaps. Follow these tips from Jonathan Cane, President of New York City’s …

Roanoke Valley to Host the 2013 Bike Virginia Tour

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

Have you heard that Roanoke, Virginia is hosting the 2013 Bike Virginia Tour? The annual six-day tour, scheduled for June 24-26, 2013, showcases Virginia’s best cycling routines. The event is expected to attract 1,600 cyclists from around the world to the Roanoke area. The second leg of the tour is based in Botetourt County’s Greenfield …

World Spine Day

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

October 16th is World Spine Day and it is important to raise awareness. Some common spinal disorders include, but are not limited to: back pain neck pain scoliosis disc disease spinal cord injury Spinal disorders affect the overall well-being of a person’s health impacting their ability to work or enjoy everyday activities. Poor posture and …

Degenerative Cervical Spine


Degenerative cervical spine conditions affect the neck and upper back, specifically the seven vertebrae located at the uppermost part of the spine. These vertebrae (i.e. the cervical spine) connect the spine to the skull. What is the cervical spine used for? The movement of nodding and shaking your head is controlled by the movement of …


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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.