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Orthopedic Specialties: Knee

Knee Anatomy

Knee Anatomy


As the largest weight-bearing joints in the body, knees are vulnerable to everyday wear and tear, injury during sports or recreational activities, and disease. Our specialists focus on restoring mobility to patients with knee pain, whether from an acute injury or a chronic condition. As part of our comprehensive care, we provide a range of treatment options designed to meet each patient’s unique diagnosis and needs.

Our Approach

We support a conservative approach to treatment. Our team starts with minimally invasive techniques like physical therapy and medication, recommending surgical intervention only if it is necessary to meet patient recovery goals and restore mobility.

Ortho Rhode Island knee specialists get to know you and your symptoms, and embrace communication to empower your decision making. By placing your experience at the center of our care, we create individualized treatment plans that provide better outcomes and help you regain your active lifestyle.

Leadership in Innovation

We believe the marriage of technology and medicine leads to safer, more effective treatment for healthier, happier patients. As a leader in emerging orthopedic technology, Ortho Rhode Island is pioneering state-of-the-art orthopedic tools and techniques:

Amniotic Stem Cell Injections  •  Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections  •  BioCartilage Procedures  •  Internal Brace Procedures  •  Robotic-Assisted Partial and Total Knee Replacement

Related Blog Posts

December 24, 2020/ Knee Knee Pain / Bridget Wilder

“There’s a Lump Behind my Knee!”

...............Living with a Baker’s cyst depends on how much discomfort it causes. Often times, the size and presence of the cyst will fluctuate, as the body can resorb this excess fluid. No treatment is necessary if the cyst is not causing discomfort.

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November 4, 2020/ Knee Sports Medicine / Dr. Keith Monchik

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Knee pain in children and adolescents has many origins. One of these conditions is Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) which develops in joints. It occurs when a small segment of bone begins to separate from its surrounding region due to a lack of blood supply. As a result, the small piece of bone and the cartilage covering it begin to crack and loosen. It is not known exactly what causes the disruption to the blood supply and the resulting OCD. Doctors think it probably involves repetitive trauma or stresses to the bone over time. Think of this lesion kind of like a pothole in the street, where the overlying cartilage is the cement road, and the underlying bone is similar to the ground beneath the road. For those who play golf, an OCD is not unlike a “divot” you may take with your golf swing. The condition typically....

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October 30, 2020/ Knee Knee Pain / Dr. Matthew Plante

IT band Friction Syndrome

The iliotibial (IT) band is a thick, wide band of fascia that begins at the pelvis and runs down the lateral side of the thigh and attaches to the outside of the tibia (lower leg). The IT band helps provide some stability to the knee. IT band friction syndrome is a condition where.....

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November 22, 2019/ Degenerative Joint Disease Joint Health Knee Osteoarthritis / Dr. Charlotte Moriarty


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous (derived from self) blood product used in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as some ligament and tendon injuries. PRP is created by obtaining a small amount of blood via peripheral blood draw and concentrating the blood sample through centrifugation and isolation of a concentrated plasma product. The concentrated plasma product contains....

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October 2, 2019/ Knee Knee Pain / Cindy Napier


Pain toward the front of the knee and around the patella (knee cap) could be due to a condition called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It typically occurs in physically active people aged < 40 years, women 2X more likely than men, but can affect individuals of all activity levels and ages. Sometimes referred to as “runner’s knee”, it is common in people who participate in sports involving jumping and running. It is one of the most common knee diagnoses seen in a sports medicine clinic.

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September 4, 2019/ Knee Knee Pain Osteoarthritis / Dr. Roald Llado

What Can I Do After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

there are approximately 1.5 times more people living the United States with a knee or hip replacement as there are people living with heart failure. The most common indication for knee replacement is debilitating joint pain from underlying osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis develops when cartilage (the “cushion” in the joint) wears away, which can eventually result in bones rubbing against one another. This can lead to debilitating joint pain and.....

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July 20, 2019/ Knee Knee Pain / Dr. Charlotte Moriarty


Got knee pain? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common causes of anterior knee pain in adolescents and adults younger than 60 years. Commonly referred to as “runner’s knee,” PFPS is defined as pain occurring around or behind the patella that is aggravated by at least one activity that loads the patella (i.e. kneecap) during weight-bearing on a flexed knee. Pain related to PFPS can be caused by.....

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June 12, 2019/ Knee Sports Sports Medicine / Dr. Keith Monchik


Review of the recent literature suggests that there is no ideal graft for ACL reconstruction and the search is still on for the optimal graft. There are advantages and disadvantages with each graft. Autografts (something harvested from you) are more commonly used than allografts (taken from a cadaver and processed chemically and/or radiated) or synthetic grafts. Three autograft options that are commonly used are Bone Patella Tendon Bone (BPTB), Hamstring (HS) and quadriceps tendon (QT) grafts with or without a patella bone block.

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January 10, 2019/ Hip Interesting Joint Health Knee / Dr. Thomas Barrett

Will I Set Off Metal Detectors At the Airport After A Hip or Knee Replacement?

As a hip and knee surgeon, this is one of the most common questions asked prior to proceeding with joint replacement. This is generally followed with: Do I need a card to identify myself as a patient with a prosthetic hip or knee? The short answer to the question is....

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