Cartilage Repair Specialist

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Orthopedics located in West Palm Beach, Florida

Founded more than a decade ago, the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute’s first-of-its-kind Cartilage Repair Center (CRC) is solely dedicated to the world-class treatment of cartilage disorders. Located within St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the CRC and its skilled team of providers provide a wide range of procedures. With personalized care and attention, they treat everything from isolated cartilage defects to advanced arthritis. To schedule a visit to the CRC, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Cartilage Repair Q & A

What is cartilage? 

Cartilage is an important structural component of your body. Essentially, it’s a flexible but firm tissue, though not nearly as firm as, say, your bones. This tissue helps form connections between body parts such as your: 

  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Ankles
  • Ends of the ribs
  • Vertebrae of your spine

Your ears and nose are also formed from cartilage. Damaged cartilage can lead to symptoms such as pain and limited movement. It can also cause joint damage and deformity. 

What types of cartilage damage do you treat? 

At Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute, the team treats a variety of cartilage disorders, such as tears and injuries from sporting activities, genetic disorders, and arthritic conditions. 

The team approaches cartilage damage by addressing the underlying cause of the issues, rather than simply repairing the damage itself. This often means looking at malalignment, ligament instability, and the loss of meniscal function as a means to best treat cartilage damage. 

How does cartilage repair work? 

The team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center offers comprehensive, personalized treatment plans to address cartilage repair. Your treatment plan may include one or a combination of procedures. Some examples include: 

  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI)
  • Osteochondral allograft transplantation
  • Meniscal transplantation
  • Osteotomies
  • Minimally invasive partial or total knee replacement
  • Ligament reconstruction

The process of repairing cartilage is often designed around treating the underlying cause of your condition. For example, if ligament instability is contributing to cartilage damage, developing a treatment that improves the strength and flexibility of your ligaments will play an important role in addressing your cartilage damage. 

Expert physical therapy is also often a part of cartilage repair, typically in the rehabilitation phase of treatment. The team’s physical therapy techniques can be used to help strengthen and bolster your cartilage function, restoring your overall health. 

Is cartilage repair safe? 

Yes, cartilage repair is perfectly safe! Prior to undergoing treatment for cartilage repair, the team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute walks you through each step of the process and addresses any questions and concerns you have. 

To learn more about cartilage repair at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute, call the office or book an appointment online today. 

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