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.



Image of Man on stretcher for Knee Injury | Dr. Daniel A. Romanelli, M.D.

Dr. Romanelli’s knee practice is a bastion of advanced orthopedic care, where patients with a range of knee conditions receive state-of-the-art treatments. His practice addresses the full spectrum of knee injuries, from ligament tears involving the ACL, MCL, and PCL, to complex cartilage and meniscal issues, kneecap instability, and debilitating conditions like arthritis and osteonecrosis.

For ligamentous injuries, Dr. Romanelli offers comprehensive surgical options, including ACL Knee Surgery utilizing the latest in autograft and allograft techniques. He specializes in the Quadriceps Autograft for both adult and pediatric patients, providing a robust solution for ACL reconstruction. His expertise also extends to Adult Bone Patellar Tendon Bone (BPTB) Autografts, favored for their strong bone-to-bone healing capabilities.

Dr. Romanelli’s signature Independent Tunnels Technique for ACL reconstruction ensures a return to natural knee anatomy and function. His Revision Knee Surgery encompasses both autografts, where the patient’s own tissue is used, and allografts, employing donor tissue when patient tissue is not an option, ensuring personalized care for every scenario.

Concomitant procedures such as Anterior Lateral Ligament Reconstruction and Meniscal Root Repair are performed to reinforce knee stability and preserve the meniscus’ crucial shock-absorbing ability. For cartilage concerns, Dr. Romanelli leverages techniques like Microfracture and Orthobiologics, alongside innovative OAT procedures, to resurface damaged knee cartilage.

At the forefront of regenerative medicine, Dr. Romanelli offers the MACI procedure, an advanced treatment that involves the arthroscopic harvesting and laboratory cultivation of a patient’s own cartilage cells, followed by their re-implantation to repair defects. Viscosupplementation is another option provided to alleviate pain and improve mobility in patients with arthritis.

Dr. Romanelli’s extensive 23-year experience shines in his approach to meniscus injuries, with a strong emphasis on meniscal repair and preservation. His arthroscopic skills are also applied in Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction to address patella instability.

Whether it’s managing sports injuries, work-related damage, or complex fractures and tendonitis, Dr. Romanelli’s practice is equipped to offer comprehensive, customized care. His dedication to the field is evident in his meticulous approach to each procedure, ensuring that patients not only heal but also regain the strength and confidence to return to their active lifestyles.


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 orthopaedicsurgeon, Dr. Romanelli is well-versed 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