Asheville Non-Surgical Orthopedics & Physiatry
Minimally invasive treatments for neuromuscular disorders, injury & joint pain
Physiatrists, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, bone, and brain experts who treat injury or illness non-surgically to decrease pain and restore function. At Carolina Hand & Sports Medicine, Christie Lehman, MD, FABPMR, R-MSK is our non-surgical ortho & physiatry specialist. Dr. Lehman is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and highly experienced in non-surgical treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions.
What is non-surgical physiatry?
Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are trained in complex neurologic rehabilitation conditions including stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury. They diagnose and treat a vast number of conditions, including:
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Chronic pain syndromes such as trochanteric bursitis
- Overuse injuries such as patellofemoral syndrome or rotator cuff syndrome
- Degenerative conditions such as arthritis
For each patient, Dr. Lehman conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the problem to determine what can be done conservatively to treat the condition. As a physiatrist, she is trained to diagnose a condition by using a patient’s medical history, a physical exam, X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), musculoskeletal ultrasound and nerve diagnostic studies.
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Dr. Lehman will also often use electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to evaluate neurologic disorders and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and radiculopathies, or “pinched nerves.”
In developing a treatment plan, Dr. Lehman might order laboratory work or imaging studies, or she may perform diagnostic ultrasound imaging or electromyography and nerve conduction studies. The treatment plan might include physical therapy, orthotics, bracing, injections of corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid, or platelet rich plasma therapy.
To offer the best possible care, she will often involve other doctors and specialists in caring for her patients, including physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain physicians and rheumatologists.