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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 …

Video: Leipzig Explains Surgery


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


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 …


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    Robotic Spine Surgery Case Study

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon 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 before. Virginia Spine Care is one …

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    Recovery from Spine Surgery

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. For more information about spinal surgery prep, post-operative instructions, robotic spine surgery, and any other spine-related questions, contact Dr. Leipzig at our spine care office today.  What comes after spine surgery? While modern advancements and minimally invasive spine procedures have made spinal surgery less painful and …

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    Spinal Stenosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon 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. While it’s normal for our spines to change from natural wear and tear as we age, in some cases this degeneration in 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.