Asheville Non-Surgical Orthopaedics & Physiatry
State of the art, orthobiologic treatments for arthritis, muscle & joint pain, and sports injuries
Orthobiologics, or Regenerative Medicine, is an exciting and revolutionary field of orthopedics involving biological therapies that aim to promote your body’s healing potential. Non-surgical physiatry is a closely-related specialty that uses minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat orthopaedic conditions.
If arthritis or other wear and tear conditions have you considering elective surgery or joint replacement, we offer Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell procedures as an alternative treatment. With these new, cutting-edge options, you’re able to use your own body to help with the healing process. You’re also able to avoid lengthy periods of downtime and painful rehabilitation that typically follow invasive surgery.
Meet Dr. Christie Lehman, Asheville orthobiologics specialist
Christie Lehman, MD, FABPMR, R-MSK is our orthobiologics and physiatry specialist and director of the Carolina Orthobiologics Center at Carolina Hand & Sports Medicine. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and highly experienced in non-surgical treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions.
- Board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Visiting fellowship at renowned Bodor Clinic in Regenerative Medicine and MSK Ultrasound
- Multiple Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Orthopedics courses and conferences.
- Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Dr. Lehman is a former college athlete who, like many, “over did it.” During her many years of playing soccer, she suffered severe knee injuries that required multiple reconstructive surgeries along the way.
She is passionate about finding treatment options for those who are too young for joint replacement and are looking to still enjoy an active life. Additionally, she is invested in finding options for those who want to put off a knee replacement, rotator cuff or tennis elbow surgery and maintain an active lifestyle.
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.”
Learn more about non-surgical treatment options:
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
- Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
- EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Non-Surgical Knee Care
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.