Dr. Lehman is a true healer. I've suffered from sports and other self inflicted foot and ankle injuries for three years now. Dr. Lehman was the 6th doctor I went to see for the same injuries. None of the other Drs had anything close to a healing solution and only proposed pain management which is NEVER a solution. I went through dozens of appts and thousands of dollars with no improvement. Finally after doing my own research into a possible solution being stem cell treatment, I went to see Dr Lehman at Carolina Orthobiologics.
She quickly and effectively reassured me that stem cell procedure was a very possible solution for the various painful ailments I was suffering from. At this point my left foot had been cold and numb for over two years, and I had shooting pain up my leg from lack of cartilage in my ankle. Within two weeks of the stem cell procedure, I had began to regain circulation in my foot, and the shooting pains were reducing. Six weeks after the procedure, my pain is reduced by 80%, and the follow up PRP procedure was just done, and hasn't even taken effect, so before the procedure's healing is even complete, I have 80% recovery. To me this is just a miracle procedure that saved my life from being painful and unhealthy.
Dr Lehman has been patient with my slew of questions, and advised only confident, and healthy medicine. I believe that she is the real deal, a GREAT Dr, and is in this for the reason of truly helping people. She stands out greatly among the rest of the other practitioners I have been to see, and has done wonders for my health and my life. I highly recommend Carolina Orthobiologics/Carolina Hand and Sports Med, and in particular Dr Lehman and her staff who help her are very professional and courteous as well, and made sure to call prior to and after every appt, had prescriptions called into the pharmacy ahead of time, and had to call twice on one occasion as was a fault of the pharmacy, that Dr Lehman's staff handled very fast and efficiently.
Thank you Dr Lehman and staff!
My husband and I decided to hike the Camino in Spain last fall. My right knee was pretty consistently painful and I was looking for some relief other than surgery before we made the trek.
My physical therapist introduced me to Dr Christie Lehman and what a gift she proved to be. Not only is she incredibly professional and skilled, but also very invested in her patients. I was given thorough information to make an informed decision, and the choice to have the stem cell treatment was an excellent decision for me.
We hiked the Camino successfully, and as I was running through 3 airports last week, totally pain free, chasing very close flight connections, I said a big halleluia thank you for Dr Lehman and stem cell therapy! She's not only a pro, but a wonderful human being.
I'll give her 5+++/5 stars!!
As a active golfer I was very concerned when I tore the meniscus in my left knee in October 2015. I had arthroscopic surgery the following month. There was some improvement but it was slow . In January/Febuary 2016 I had 3 gel type injections (OrthoVisc) which offered little improvement.
This was followed by a steroid injection which helped but only for 2/3 weeks. My Orthopedic physician said that about the only thing left was full knee replacement . I was reluctant to have this done due to the lengthy down time and the fact that I felt I had about 50/60% use of the knee. It was just difficult to play golf or engage in other types of exercise. In May it was recommended that I schedule a visit with Dr. Christine Lehman for a exam and consultation--which I did.
I found her very through and knowledgeable and felt very comfortable with her exam and explanations. She indicated I was borderline for the replacement and I might be a good candidate for a PRP injection but with no promises! I had my first injection in late June,2016--I saw some relief within a month and considerable with 2 months. I felt I had as much as a 15/20% improvement and returned to playing golf 3 times per week ,although I do wear a sleeve brace on the knee when I play..I was so pleased with the results from the first injection that I had a second in October 2016. Although there was additional improvement it was not as significant as with the first shot.
It's now Febuary 2018 and I'm still playing golf 3 times per week and walking 1-2 miles 2 times per week with very little pain ! I feel my bad knee is still 80/85% functional and I'm very pleased with the results! In fact I'm so pleased I've scheduled a booster shot the end of Feb. in preparation for a walking golf trip to Scotland in May. I'm sure the PRP isn't for everyone but I'm very happy I found Dr. Lehman and she recommended it for me instead of full knee replacement surgery.
"First my elbow- I had severe tendonitis in left elbow. I had a cortisone shot about a year prior to trying the PRP treatment and it worked great for about 2-3 months. Pain came back and even getting mail out of the mailbox was excruciating. I decided to try the PRP shot to see if that would help and sure enough, after somewhere around the 2 month mark I really noticed reduced pain from just general movement in my elbow. As a few more weeks passed it continued to improve. I am very happy with the results so far from the PRP shot in my elbow. I am doing all the activities that I was doing but virtually painless. It is so nice to not wince from pain from something as simple as removing mail from our mailbox. If I had the chance to go back and have the shot or not, I definitely would without a doubt.
As for what I had tried to improve my situation prior to the PRP shot was a lot of ibuprofen, ice and heat and never got much of a positive result from that.
The procedure was pretty simple and didn’t take much time. There was a little dull pain for maybe a day after the shot but that was very tolerable.
Tendonitis is tough to get over and I would estimate that I have had about an 80% improvement in pain reduction and that has been fantastic. I am very happy I had the PRP treatment done! And, I would certainly do it again.
Second problem was a tear in my left meniscus. The best I can tell, I hurt my knee from running. After a month or two of pain I had an MRI done and it showed a relatively small tear in my meniscus. The orthopedic doctor said to come back when pain became intolerable and he would scope the tear. I was able to ride my bike without pain but if I went for a run of significant distance, a few miles and decent pace for me, I would have pain in my knee for 4-6 weeks. This went on for over a year and decided I had made my mind up to go ahead and get surgery and move on but just before scheduling surgery I heard about what Dr. Lehman was doing with platelet rich plasma and stem cells so with having some severe tendonitis in my elbow and this tear in my meniscus I thought I would look into this procedure and after a consultation with Dr. Lehman, I decided to give it a try on my knee and elbow.
Dr. Lehman gave me 3 painless shots in my knee and each shot was spaced out 2 weeks apart. The knee shots were a breeze, no residual pain at all.
I had tried ice on my knee trying to improve the injury but it didn’t help.
Once we started the process, I was anxious to see positive results. Dr. Lehman informed me not to expect instant improvement that I should expect slow improvements over a few months. For me, in my situation, she was spot on. Shortly after the 3rd shot I started doing some mild running/fast walking and hiking but not pushing the paced at all. I did this occasionally and would experience some pain while running but I would back it down to a walk when I felt pain. The next day, I didn’t have the lingering pain as I did prior to the PRP shots. And as several months have passed my knee has improved more. I am able to run now, however I do still experience some pain while running, but I do not have as severe pain and no pain the next day.
I would definitely do the PRP shots again and pretty happy with the results and estimate my improvement between 70-80%."
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