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Overcoming Back Pain

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Whether you’ve been recently injured or you’ve struggled with low back pain for years, it’s probably affecting 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

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Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified, Salem, Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, and more, serving the greater Roanoke, VA area. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office. As the summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, …

Improved Surgical Technology

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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

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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 …

Summer Back Tips

Advice on how to avoid aggravating back pain during common summer activities.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

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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 …

Video: Leipzig Explains Surgery

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See and hear our own Dr. Leipzig describe the process of minimally invasive back surgery. This informative video, which is also found on our Services Page, features Diane, a grandmother and back surgery patient. Spine stenosis or a narrowing of the spinal canal results in nerve pinching and other symptoms, including heavy or numb legs. …

Don’t Ignore Back Pain

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Consistent back pain should not be ignored. Common causes of serious back pain can vary from strains and sprains of muscles and ligaments to osteoarthritis or even spinal stenosis. If your back pain lasts for longer than a week or if you have had an accident that may have caused a spine injury, you should …

Best Bedside Manner Award

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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Dr. Leipzig recently received first place for “The Best Bedside Manner Award” in Roanoke Valley for the third consecutive year! The award honors medical practitioners who were voted by the local community for their “empathy, kindness, and attentiveness.” Dr. Leipzig said, “It is an honor to once again receive this award. I enjoy interacting with patients, and …

Cold Weather Exercise Tips

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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The long, chilly winter months are no excuse for giving up physical activity. Getting outside and taking a brisk walk, playing hockey, going ice skating, or snow shoeing-are all fun, aerobic exercises that will give you fresh air and exercise. But the cold temperatures and snowy, icy surfaces can lead to serious injury. Follow these …

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    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified, Salem, Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, and more, serving the greater Roanoke, VA area. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office. Our spine is responsible for a lot of our daily movement, …

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    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon serving Roanoke and Salem communities with over two decades of experience. He treats spinal stenosis, specializing in procedures like minimally invasive lumbar laminoplasty, microsurgical lumbar surgery, robotic spine surgery, disc arthroplasty, and more. Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery Minimally-invasive spinal procedures (less-disruptive spine surgery) have made surgery less painful and far more effective than ever …

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    Recovery from Spine Surgery

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon serving Roanoke and Salem communities with over two decades of experience. He treats spinal stenosis, specializing in procedures like minimally invasive lumbar laminoplasty, microsurgical lumbar surgery, robotic spine surgery, disc arthroplasty, and more. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office. What comes after spine surgery? While modern advancements and minimally invasive …

"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.