What is Arthritis?
Every day, millions of people are affected by a chronic joint condition known as arthritis. It can range from mild to debilitating discomfort, though it often interrupts sleep patterns, affects mobility, and hinders regular, everyday activities. These flare-ups can occur at various intervals, including days or even weeks, with no certain way of pinpointing when one may happen. While we often associate arthritis with the elderly, this condition can also appear early in life as a result of injury (post-traumatic arthritis).
At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are able to utilize state-of-the-art treatment methods in order to quickly and effectively treat arthritis without the need for any form of surgical technique. If you or someone you know have been suffering from the effects of arthritis, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christie Lehman at our Asheville, NC facility today.
"I came to Dr. Lehman after being told by several orthopedic surgeons that I needed a total knee replacement for advanced osteoarthritis. She treated me with stem cell & plasma rich platelet injections harvested from my own body. My knee was significantly improved afterwards and I can walk without my old limp!"- N.M. / Google / Oct 03, 2021
"Early in 2019, I began experiencing debilitating pain radiating from my lower back and left hip. After a MRI, I was diagnosed by an Orthopedic Surgeon with a partial tear of the gluteus minimus tendon and lower spinal arthritis. Upon referral by my PT, I met with Dr. Crider whose friendly and professional demeanor quickly put me at ease. Dr. Crider reviewed my MRI and listened intently to my description of the pain and movement limitations. He carefully explained the blood platelet treatment program designed to repair the injured areas. All my questions were answered. Two treatments (8 weeks apart) were performed. During each treatment session (the last one at the end of July), Dr. Crider was careful to explain the procedures and to make sure that I was comfortable and not experiencing any significant pain. The procedures went smoothly; no surprises. Dr. Crider’s experience and competence served me well. I am happy to report that today I am pain free and enjoying significant mobility!"- M. / Healthgrades / Jan 08, 2021
"My MRI showed multiple rotator cuff tears, arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis. I chose to see Dr. Christie Lehman and receive Regenexx Procedure. Although I did have down time in response to the treatment, two weeks after the second shot, I was in PT and two weeks later I had zero pain! After four years of debilitating right shoulder pain, I found myself asking in response to zero pain, “What’s wrong with this picture?” Of course, nothing was wrong! Pain was no longer my constant companion. I’m grateful for Dr. Lehman’s expertise and my pain-free return to daily life."- M.O. / Healthgrades / Sep 06, 2022
"Three months ago, Dr. Lehman did a stem cell treatment on my knee for a torn meniscus and arthritis. She and her staff provided a thorough explanation of what was involved in the procedure and what to expect in the days after. I am now 80% pain free and able to walk several miles and up and downstairs without discomfort. I highly recommend this practice."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 14, 2021
"Dr. Lehman has made me pain free in both knees. The precision and thoroughness of her treatment was exemplary!!! Her nurse (and intern) were so helpful and supportive during the treatment!!! Months and months of pain were erased in a few minutes of treatment!!! Thank you!!! Also I feel I have a safety net for any injury or pain in my body which will allow me to keep playing pickleball and golf!!!!"- M.S. / Facebook / Sep 18, 2022
What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Arthritis?
Most people will show symptoms of arthritis in their joints, most noticeably in the knees, hips, and hands. Symptoms of arthritis include,
- Decreased range of motion
- Stiffness (especially in the morning)
- May include fever, fatigue, weight loss, and/or anemia
What causes arthritis?
Arthritis comes in many different forms. The most common kind of arthritis that we see at our Asheville, NC office is called osteoarthritis, which generally forms along with age as the cartilage between bones and joints breaks down. Osteoarthritis can also form at areas where there has been trauma to a joint, like a broken bone or surgery. Typical cases include swelling in the hands and fingers, or pain in the knees due to osteoarthritis. In some cases, genetics can also cause the breakdown of cartilage, which is known as rheumatoid arthritis. No matter your type or cause of arthritis, we are committed to finding you relief so that you can return to your normal life uninhibited by arthritis.
How Can Arthritis be Treated?
With arthritis treatment, our team attempts to alleviate the symptoms of the conditions while simultaneously improving the function of the affected joint. There are several forms of treatment offered at Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and the results of each will vary from one patient to another.
In some cases, this treatment may be as simple as modifying activity, and using topical medications, oral supplements, NSAIDs, or Tylenol. However, others may require some form of physical therapy, bracing or viscosupplementation. Additionally, our facility is a Regenexx® partner, which allows us to perform state-of-the-art regenerative procedures that utilize growth factors from the patient's own body in order to stimulate natural healing. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lehman will perform an in-depth analysis of your joint to determine if you have arthritis, as well as which treatment is most likely to provide the best results for your body.
How common is arthritis?
Arthritis is very common, and according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), almost 25% (~58 million) of people in the U.S. have some form of arthritis.
Can arthritis be cured?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for arthritis. However, modern treatments and therapies can significantly reduce arthritis pain and inflammation to reduce joint damage and slow the disease’s progression.
What are the benefits of Regenexx therapy for arthritis?
Regenexx is a revolutionary treatment that concentrates your body’s healing factors to help restore function and reduce pain from arthritis. It requires no surgery nor medications and can help stimulate the growth of healthy new cells to improve function and mobility while reducing pain and slowing the progression of arthritis.
Reduce Pain in Your Joints
Arthritis isn't something you have to live with. Thanks to Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, it can be treated in an entirely nonsurgical manner that is sure to have you feeling back to normal in no time at all. Dr. Christie Lehman is highly trained in utilizing advanced technologies and methods to enhance the lives of her patients. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment in Asheville, NC.
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