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Halloween: Make No Bones About It

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

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

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

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 …

‘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 …


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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.