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In the News: Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain

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Virginia spine surgeon, Dr. Leipzig, was recently interviewed by local news station, WZBJ24, on the topic of diagnosing back pain and the ways to treat it. In the interview, which you can watch in full below, Dr. Leipzig states that 70% of people will have a severe episode of back pain in their lifetime. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that in 85% of those cases, the tests (MRIs, X-rays, etc.) come back normal. In other words, we don’t really know what causes the pain.

While a normal test result may be relieving as it indicates there is no serious issue like a tumor, fracture, or herniated disc, non-specific back pain can be extremely frustrating. What are the signs of non-specific back pain? How do you deal with back pain when you’re unsure of the cause? What are your treatment options? Dr. Leipzig answers these questions and more in the interview below:

Want to learn more? Take a look at other recent local television interviews Dr. Leipzig has participated in below.

See Dr. Leipzig and WFXR meteorologist, Clay Ostarly, explore the capabilities of the sophisticated new spine surgery robot, Mazor X, at LewisGale Hospital. View the interview here.

Watch as Dr. Leipzig discusses LewisGale Hospital’s “Own the Bone” program which helps to better identify, evaluate, and treat patients who suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fragility fracture. View the interview here.

Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, and disc arthroplasty. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.

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"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.