Richard W. Smith, MD, works at Prima-care PC in various locations across Rhode Island. He specializes in a variety of orthopedic procedures to correct bone and joint injuries, especially in the field of sports medicine. A former Navy officer in Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Smith also provides sport medicine coverage and coaching to local sports teams.
Education and Training
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Georgetown Univ Sch of Med, Washington Dc 1984
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS
Dr. Richard Smith MD.'s Expert Contributions
If you think your mother has dislocated her shoulder, you should take her to the emergency room and have X-rays taken to confirm the diagnosis. She may have a fracture of her shoulder as well, so X-rays are necessary in this instance. READ MORE
Like all joint conditions, nonsurgical treatment is the preferred initial management. It is important to define the cause of your knee pain; if it is arthritis, then nonoperative treatments include physical therapy, weight loss and conditioning, over-the-counter medications (advil or aleve, tylenol in appropriate doses), and possibly injections all as the first lines of care. Don't rush into any surgery yet. Ultimately, arthritis is typically is progressive and arthroscopic surgery does not alter the course of deterioration, which leads to joint replacement surgery. READ MORE
Your knee consist of three distinct compartments; the inner side (medial), the outer side (lateral) and the kneecap (patella). Arthritis can affect all three compartments and if it does, you need all the compartments replaced and this is a full knee replacement. If only one compartment has arthritis and the knee is otherwise healthy, you may be a candidate for a partial replacement. Partial knee replacements are not performed as stop gap measures to "buy you time to a full knee", they are performed as end line operations just like a full or total knee replacement. If however, future surgery needs to be performed on a partial knee for wearing or loosening, this second operation is relatively easy as compared to a second procedure on a full knee. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- U Ma Mem Hlthcare-Univ Campus, Orthopedic Surgery; U Ma Mem Hlthcare-Univ Campus, General Surgery
- University of Massachusetts Medical Center
- sports medicine , throwing athlete , partial and total knee replacements
- University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Professional Society Memberships
- Massachusetts Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, New England Orthopaedic Association, National Medical Association, Eastern Orthopaedic Medical Association
- NEOS, EOA, MOA
What do you attribute your success to?
Consistency in Patient Care, Education, Research, Technology, Making a Difference in the Field
Hobbies / Sports
- Family, Friends, Golf, Soccer, Traveling
Dr. Richard Smith MD.'s Practice location
Falls River , MA 02720Get Direction
Fall River, MA 02720Get Direction
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- Recovering from Knee Replacement Surgery
Proper rehabilitation and a well-carried out recovery give you the chance to get back on your feet and continue an active lifestyle after knee replacement surgery. Setting and working toward goals will hasten healing and improve your chances for long-term success. It is important to commit to a plan...
- How to Prepare for Spinal Stenosis Surgery
A spinal stenosis surgery is a major operation that is carried out to repair defects in the spinal column. Since it is an invasive procedure and a delicate one as well, it is important to be prepared psychologically and physically as they are important aspects to be considered to ensure everything...
- How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?
A knee replacement surgery provides relief for approximately 90 percent of people who are suffering from pain due to knee problems. Most knee replacement procedures are done for the treatment of osteoarthritis. With proper care, your knee implant can last for as long as 20 years. The technology...
- Hip Pain: Causes and Treatment
Any pain that is felt around the hip joint is usually referred to as hip pain. This is a very common condition and often confusing, as there are several reasons for the pain in the hip region. Hip pain can make everyday activities more difficult. Many people feel a snapping sound in the hip joint....
- Everything You Need to Know About Spinal Stenosis Surgery
It is perfectly normal to feel nervous before a major surgical operation. In fact, it would be unusual to find a patient awaiting surgery who is not worried at all. The best way to alleviate some of the concerns is to let them know exactly what to expect beforehand by addressing some of the burning...
- When to Be Concerned About Sternum Pain
IntroductionThe sternum, also called as the breastbone, is a flat bone situated at the center of the chest. It connects to the ribs through cartilages and forms the front of the rib cage, which helps protect the lungs, heart, and major blood vessels from injuries. Since the sternum is near to the...