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Don’t Ignore Back Pain


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

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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

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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 …

Holiday Wish List For Bad Backs

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For those suffering from back pain, the holidays can produce added stress and challenges. Try trading in your regular holiday gift ideas for some products that can bring you added pain relief and provide much needed support for your back. Holiday Wish List An e-book from spine-health all about lumbar herniated discs, available on Amazon. Supportive …

Tips For Holiday Back Health

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There’s no denying that summer is over in lovely Virginia. With colder weather here to stay for the next few months, it’s important to keep your back in mind when tackling routine holiday activities. Here are some tips: Lifting Objects Carrying heavy packages to the post office or the car after a long day of …

Halloween: Make No Bones About It

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It’s almost Halloween and we’re letting the skeletons out of the closet. Taking care of your skeletal system is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Everyone loses bone tissue as they age, especially women who are prone to bone loss after menopause. After you turn 30, your bones also stop producing skeletal tissue. …

First Aid for Your Back

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Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or you are dealing with an acute injury, try these first aid methods at home to relieve your pain. Pain medication There are two main types of medications that can be helpful for relieving many types of back pain – acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) …

4 Tips to Prevent Neck Pain


Neck pain is one of the most common complaints patients have when they visit the doctor. Neck muscles can be strained in a variety of ways, whether it’s sitting improperly at your desk or hunching as you walk. Your spine and back are a highly connected system and neck discomfort can also result from muscular …

Take A Seat


It might seem counter-intuitive, but sitting is actually harder on your back than standing. Between eating meals, driving, and eight hours at your desk, we tend to spend a considerably large amount of our time sitting down. Sitting obstructs blood flow from getting to your spine and it increases the overall stress on your spine. …

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 …


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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 …

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    What is cervical arthroplasty (Cervical disc replacement)?

    The cervical spine is composed of seven vertebrae and five discs. The discs, which are located between each vertebrae, act as shock absorbers, and along with the joints of the cervical spine, allow for motion. As a consequence of aging or injury, the discs can potentially rupture, resulting in a herniated disc, with pinching and …

"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.