Every one of my patients can be confident that the extensive education and experience I bring can help them with their particular spine and joint problems. It's only after I've had a chance to thoroughly evaluate a patient that I'll recommend a treatment program. It may involve injections, physical therapy, referrals, or surgery. The most important part is that the patient feels comfortable with it. Most of my patients don't need surgery, but for those that do, I'm often able to use the most minimally invasive, state-of-the-art surgical techniques. The result for patients is decreased pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recoveries than the older, more "open" procedures. I became a doctor because it's wonderful to be able to fix things that are wrong with people—so they can get better! I love solving problems, and over the years I've had a chance to see thousands of patients through chronic pain and injuries, and on to healing. The most gratifying part is watching them go back to living their lives more fully than before.
I'm a board certified orthopedic doctor and surgeon and was educated at CalTech, a university that focused its curriculum heavily on problem solving. I took that skill set through medical school and it still serves my patients today, because it helps me bring a fresh perspective to every patient's problem. In each case, I get to know my patients' health histories and their needs and goals for treatment and healing. We're a team, and I want them to know they can trust me to treat them as individuals.
Dr. Loddengaard's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Loddengaard's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Arthritis of the Ankle
Arthritis of the Elbow
Arthritis of the Finger
Arthritis of the Foot
Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis of the Midfoot
Arthritis of the Neck
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Arthritis of the Spine
Arthritis of the Toe
Arthritis of the Wrist
Arthropathy Associated With Bacterial Disease
Arthropathy Associated With Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
Arthropathy Associated With Reiters Disease
Arthropathy Associated With Viral Disease
Arthropathy in Behcet's Syndrome
Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
Arthropathy, Progressive Pseudorheumatoid, of Childhood
Cervical Herniated Disc
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Head and Neck Conditions
Hip Muscle Strain
Hip Pointer Injuries
Internal Derangement of Knee
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Knee Ligament Injuries
Knee Ligament Rupture
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Occult Spinal Dysraphism
Osteoarthritis of Ankle
Osteoarthritis of Elbow
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Osteoarthritis of Toe
Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Post-Infectious Reactive Arthropathy
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tear
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Split Spinal Cord Malformation
Sports Injuries of the Knee
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Upper Extremity Fracture
Wear and Tear Arthritis
Adult Scoliosis Correction
Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
Cervical Spine Surgery
Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
Complex Spine Surgery
Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
Medical School | Graduated 1978
Harbor Ucla Med Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
Harbor Ucla Med Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
Rancho Los Amigos Hosp
Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
UCLA Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Loddengaard has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Loddengaard to family and friends
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Dr. Loddengaard Says:
Please give your feedback—it's essential to my staff and I for improving our quality of care. One thing patients should note is that the more specialized a doctor is, the more likely it is that wait times will be longer. That's simply because there are currently not enough specialists to handle today's demand. In my practice, there is a wide variety of orthopedic...