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LewisGale Physicians Welcomes Dr. James Leipzig

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LewisGale Physicians welcomes its newest member Dr. James Leipzig, Spine Surgeon. Dr. Leipzig treats patients who have not responded to nonsurgical treatments for cervical and lumbar spinal disorders. In treating patients, he specializes in both microsurgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Leipzig has been part of our southwest Virginia community for nearly 20 years, with thousands …

Dr. Leipzig Treats Spinal Stenosis

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After suffering from spinal stenosis for many years, Diane decided to come to Dr. Leipzig for help. He performed a minimally invasive surgical procedure, and resolved the issue. Diane is now pain-free, and is able to live an active lifestyle.

It’s World Spine Day!

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October 16th is World Spine Day! World Spine Day seeks to promote preventative practices and raise awareness about spinal health and spinal disorders. This year’s World Spine Day motto, “Straighten Up and Move,” highlights the important roles that proper posture and daily activity play in maintaining a healthy spine. Here are three ways you can start …

High Heels and Back Pain


According to a recent study done by the Spine Health Institute, 72% of women wear high heels on a regular basis. Doing so can have negative repercussions on spine health. When a woman wears heels, her center of gravity shifts forward. In an attempt to compensate for this shift, the body pushes the hips and …

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

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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

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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 …


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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.