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Highly recommend!

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

Maria Luisa B. Patient

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…

Jacky K. Patient


If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or strain, you understand how difficult it can be to perform even the simplest tasks—raising your arm to getting something out of the pantry, picking up your child, throwing a ball, or even a simple wave.

Dr. Daniel Romanelli, a board-certified orthopaedicsurgeon, is an expert at getting patients back to optimal health and performance. He offers a full range of treatment options for patients struggling with shoulder issues, from minor concerns to the most complicated diagnoses. With Dr. Romanelli, you can rest easy knowing you will always receive a comprehensive evaluation, customized treatment plan, on-site diagnostics, and prevention education on how to avoid repeated upper extremity injury in the future.

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Dr. Romanelli isn’t focused on getting you out of the door quickly— he’s focused on getting you back to life, fully. By taking the time to exhaustively evaluate your shoulder injury from its early roots, Dr. Romanelli can create a timeline of wellness, injury, and inflammation, mapping out a visual journey to your shoulder’s current state. 
After evaluating your shoulder injury to its fullest and most honest extent, he can understand your situation on a personal level, and consider the solutions that will work with you best. For example, if you’ve suffered from a lifelong injury and limitations as a result, Dr. Romanelli may consider a more extensive and persistent treatment that will reduce the likelihood of repeated injury or pain. Or, if your injury is a new occurrence with mild pain, Dr. Romanelli may set you on a track to fast recovery with a less-invasive plan. With his comprehensive and involved approach to each and every consultation, Dr. Romanelli can set you on the road to a truly lasting recovery, and pain-free life.


The next step after an in-depth consultation and evaluation is understanding what to do with all of this vital information. By taking the time to fully invest in your injury’s past and present, Dr. Romanelli gives you the best chance for a healthy future.
Dr. Romanelli understands that each case, and person, is different, and their treatment plan should reflect that. If your shoulder injury is the result of a labor-intensive occupation, or if it becomes aggravated by such tasks, he can develop a treatment plan that allows you to get back to it without reversing your recovery. If your injury was set off by a sport or exercise activity, Dr. Romanelli can provide key advice and feedback on and how those injuries may have occurred during such activities, and how those specific movements and maneuvers could be adjusted post-surgery. From chronic shoulder pain due to arthritis, nerve damage, and stress injuries to sudden pain due to labral tears, sports injuries, or fractures, Dr. Romanelli’s customized treatment plans ensure your pain is never generalized or overlooked. By determining your best course of treatment on a custom and individual basis, Dr. Romanelli ensures your unique circumstances and situations will work best with his expertise, giving you the best shot at a healthy and happy life. 


With Dr. Romanelli’s prolific experience in shoulder injuries and beyond, he has the unique ability to recognize and diagnose your injury upon first consultation. After 18 years in Orthopaedicpractice, with 3 of those years spent as a Forensic OrthopaedicExpert Witness, Dr. Romanelli is considered the authority on orthopaedicconditions and injuries in New Mexico. 
Dr. Romanelli has determined and diagnosed the conditions of countless patients, giving them the strength to get back to life with renewed understanding and freedom.  Dr. Romanelli is committed to a comprehensive consultation and evaluation for every patient, but it often only takes minutes for his expertise to identify the conditions or stressors afflicting you. And unlike many in the area who are just beginning their careers, Dr. Romanelli has been in the business of helping people get back to life for nearly two decades. With this unparalleled experience and skill set, Dr. Romanelli has the ability to adapt his understanding for each new case, pooling together past treatments and conditions to determine your unique set of circumstances. This lengthy career doesn’t mean Dr. Romanelli isn’t receptive to cutting-edge technologies or procedures either. By fusing his deep-seated skill set with emerging medical breakthroughs and technologies, lasting solutions are always found. 


Often the most critical factor in your lifelong recovery isn’t the specialized treatment plan created by experienced surgeons and doctors, but the steps you take to prevent a repeated injury or aggravation. 
To understand how to sidestep the daunting idea of repeating the entire treatment and recovery process in the future, it is vital to understand what you can do to make recovery last. After years of patient consultations and injury history evaluations, Dr. Romanelli has seen first-hand how a lack of prevention education can lead patients down the same road countless times over. It is often an accident, an extended movement, or a mitigated ache or pain that kickstarts this endless cycle for former patients, and is almost always due to a lack of education rather than a conscious understanding. To counteract this common occurrence, Dr. Romanelli ensures that prevention education is always addressed before any case is truly closed. Dr. Romanelli will discuss your daily tasks and activities after your surgery or treatment is near its close, understanding the obstacles your shoulder may face during critical recovery time. Once he understands your daily routines, Dr. Romanelli can advise you on specific movements or activities to avoid or reduce to prevent repeated injury or delayed recovery, and offer up similar alternatives that will keep you entertained and active. On top of addressing your daily activities, Dr. Romanelli will explain how to stay on top of your recovery in the long run. Months down the road, your injury may become a faint memory, but that doesn’t mean that it never happened. Dr. Romanelli encourages you to always remain mindful of possible threats to your recovery, while teaching you valuable methods to live your fullest life for years to com

Dr. Romanelli’s end goal is uncomplicated, unchanging, and unshakable: to provide lasting freedom from injury and pain for each and every patient.

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

  • Rotator Cuff Tears or Tendonitis
  • Labral Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Slap Tears
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic Injuries And Muscle Ruptures
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Tendon & Ligament Injuries
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Work & Sports Injuries
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