The Leading Edge in Joint Restoration

Our Mission as Joint Restoration and Preservation Specialists

Our mission is to save your joint, improve joint function, and reduce your pain through minimally invasive and orthobiologic techniques. Not only repairing the cartilage, ligament and joint damage itself, but also correcting the underlying issue that may be related to the damage, such as alignment, deformity, and ligament or meniscal instability.


Cartilage Injuries

When you injure the cartilage in your knee or hip, regardless of the cause, the result is usually acute pain that makes it difficult to enjoy your normal lifestyle. Knee and hip cartilage injuries can occur while you're playing sports, on the job, or through normal activities. When cartilage is damaged you may experience symptoms such as pain, swelling and loss of mobility. Knee cartilage cannot heal itself, and if left untreated, may lead to further, more permanent damage to the joint.

Certified Joint Restoration Expertise

Dr. Michael Gilmore and his staff are highly experienced in treating cartilage and soft tissue damage. We are one of the leading centers for Joint Preservation and Cartilage Restoration in the Florida Panhandle. Using the latest biologic advances in joint preservation and restoration, we can repair the damage and save the joint.


A Wide Range of Innovative and Orthobiologic Treatments

We offer a wide range of soft tissue and joint repair such as; PRP (platelet rich plasma, BMAC (Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentration), marrow stimulation, biologic grafts and minimally invasive/minimal incision, surgical treatments, tailored specifically to your needs, which include:

PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma (also called ACP - Autologous Conditioned Plasma)

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. The concentration of platelets along with concentration of growth factors has shown potential effectiveness in the treatment of injuries and a faster healing process.

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MICROFRACTURE

This is marrow stimulation technique that is a minimally invasive procedure for small defects where damaged areas of torn cartilage are located and trimmed away (debridement), then small holes are carefully created in the underlying bone (microfractures) which heal to form cartilage that is similar to normal articular cartilage.

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STEM CELL TREATMENT - Using Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)

This is a minimally invasive procedure which uses your own mesenchymal (adult) stem cells to assist with healing and tissue regeneration. These stem cells can differentiate (be able to change) into the cells that make up bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, as well as muscle. The stem cells are typically harvested directly from bone marrow through aspiration (injection).

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BIOLOGIC GRAFT

OATS (Osteochondular Autograft Transfer System) is used to transplant multiple healthy cores of your own articular cartilage and bone from a healthy perimeter area of your knee into the damaged area. ALLOGRAFT is another technique used for larger areas of damage, using freshly donated cartilage and bone that eventually functions like your own.

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Biocartilage

Used in conjunction with microfracture, this treatment serves as a scaffold over a microfractured defect, providing a tissue layer that can potentially signal autologous, cellular interactions and improve the degree and quality of healing within an articular cartilage defect.

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ACI - Autologous chondrocyte implantation

This is a cell-based technique, which uses your own cartilage cells (chondrocytes) to repair the articular (joint) cartilage damage in your knee. When implanted into an injury, your own cells can form new cartilage which is very similar to your original cartilage. The procedure is a two-step process where cells are harvested & cultured, then implanted.

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Medical Disclamer: Some of the treatments above are considered investigation procedures, meaning there has not been sufficient documented evidence of the effectiveness of these treatments for the FDA to approve, and therefore, may not be utilized under certain insurance plans.