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Highly recommend!

Dr. Romanelli is an excellent surgeon.
I highly recommend him if you need rotator cuff surgery.

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Everything went silky smooth!

Everything went silky smooth…from making the appointment, to check-in with Ari, to examination by Dr’s. Schneider and Romanelli. And this is why I came to you…

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Knee injury

Your knees are two of your most important joints in your body. As such, they must be working properly to prevent constant pain and lifelong disability. If knee pain is limiting your ability to walk, perform simple activities, or work, Dr. Romanelli can help.

Some people are more likely than others to injure their knees or develop knee problems. There are factors that increase your chances of having these issues such as your job, the recreational activities you participate in, your age, or your history with conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis.
After comprehensive evaluation using the latest diagnostic technologies, Dr. Romanelli will determine, with your input, the best course of care. Whether the determination is surgery or conservative management, Dr. Romanelli’s goal is to get you back on your feet.



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Contributing factors to knee injury & pain


While being active is always encouraged and promoted by orthopaedicexperts across the globe, there is always a key balance to be found. In this case, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, leading to lifelong knee injuries and limitations caused by overuse.
Certain activities and tasks can ignite such injuries, reducing your movements and limiting your ability to take part in the things you love. Knee injuries are especially common among athletes due to their competitive and rough nature, with ACL injuries dominating the leading sports injury lineup. Additional activities include avid running, hiking, climbing, and cycling, due to their heavy dependence on the bending and stretching of your knee joint.
If you’re a dedicated runner, cyclist, hiker, or rock climber, these issues should never be ignored, and they certainly should not be aggravated by continued use. Dr. Romanelli’s goal with each knee injury treatment is to ensure these beloved activities don’t have to end, but more importantly, that your existing pains end for good. If you’re facing sudden or acute knee pain, please seek out the expert support of New Mexico’s leading orthopaedicexpert, Dr. Romanelli. And, if you’ve been dealing with constant knee injury or limitation throughout your life, Dr. Romanelli wants you to understand that this aggravation may be your present, but it doesn’t have to be your future. Schedule an appointment to put a stop to your daily pain today with Dr. Daniel Romanelli. 


Aging is a natural process that brings many health risks and conditions with it. As the years go on, our bodies adjust and adapt to the changing of times, resulting in a period of heightened health and strength, followed by an adverse pattern of reduced mobility. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Romanelli is knowledgeable in this gradual adjustment, and can recommend appropriate treatment plans and prevention methods to stay in tune with your body’s rhythm.
If you experience knee pain or injury, you may notice gradual worsening or spreading as the years pass. What exactly causes that? Well, the longer you live, the more steps you take. And the more steps you take, the more strain your knee joints face due to the effects of gravity pulling your body down. With more strain comes more pain, leading to lifelong injury. The best way to counteract this? See Dr. Romanelli when the problem first starts, preventing further injury and damage. If your knee injury has already progressed, however, it’s never too late to find relief. If you’re looking for simple actions or additions to reduce knee pain, some steps to take include: keeping your weight down, stretching your muscles before prolonged movement, and consulting Dr. Romanelli for knee surgery and treatment. 


If you’ve previously faced knee injuries or chronic conditions, the possibility of repeated or extended injury skyrockets.  As your body deals with an existing injury or damage to your joints, it is weakened in its ability to perform tasks. As a result, you are more likely to lose footing, strain muscles, or fracture bones while your body is attempting to heal. 
Common conditions that may induce additional knee injuries or pain include arthritis and osteoporosis, which affect your joints and bones. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, resulting in pain and stiffness that may worsen with age. As the stiffness sets in, your mobility is stifled, which can cause advanced issues to your knees as you go about your daily tasks. Osteoporosis has similar effects as well, with your bone tissue being absorbed faster than it can regenerate. As this happens, your mobility and strength is also weakened, increasing your risk for further injury to your knees.
If you’re facing the effects of arthritis, osteoporosis, and other similar conditions, take precautions with your everyday movements to mitigate the possibilities of knee injury. If your chronic conditions have already created new ones of their own, consult the expert support of Dr. Romanelli to find freedom from injury again.

Dr. Romanelli evaluates, diagnoses, and treats a wide scope of common knee issues, including:

ACL, MCL, And PCL Injuries
Torn Cartilage / Meniscus
Articular Cartilage Defects
Kneecap Dislocation Or Instability
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Osteonecrosis / Avascular Necrosis
Work Injuries
Sports Injuries