Dr. James M. Loddengaard, MD

Dr. James M. Loddengaard, MD

Sports Medicine | Male | 64 years old

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.Read more

Torrance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group
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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.Read more

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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...

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I have had Dr. L--- do two disk operations that were total successes with no pain or discomfort!! He said not to tell everyone about the no pain because I was perhaps blessed - no doubt true. But others have had the same basic comments. Perhaps those with lower recommendations had more serious procedures, or were more susceptible. Dr. L--- is indeed a wonder-worker. I recommend him equivalently. William Tolson Torrance Area
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excellent surgeon. did 2 knee replacements for my 89 year old mother and went extremely well
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Dr. L-gaard, performed an Anterior Cervical Discectomy/Fusion on 2 disks in my neck. He botched the surgery so badly, I have never been the same. Main reason: He missed the worst and most critical disk, which was clearly seen on the pre & post op MRI I made continuous appts with him, saying neck still not right. And continued to have a lot of pain in my neck. The last visit/he told me: I've done my job, throwing his hands in the air. My new ortho looks at MRIs/I now need another surgery!
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Dr. Loddengaard says...

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.

Dr. Loddengaard's Care Philosophy

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 says...

I specialize in spine problems and joint replacement. These areas in particular break down as we age and are particularly prone to injury. When diagnosing a spine or joint problem, I perform a thorough physical examination and in most cases take MRI images and/or x-rays. In almost all cases, I treat a patient's symptoms, not the condition as seen in images. Everyone's body is different in how they react to orthopedic problems, and it's very important to me to avoid unnecessary procedures and treatments when they're not warranted. I believe people should come in to see me when they have a problem that isn't getting better on its own and they feel like they need medical advice or intervention to help their symptoms.

Dr. Loddengaard says...

I perform the most minimally invasive procedures and treatments whenever possible. By staying current with the latest medical technology, I'm able to provide some of the safest and most effective pathways to recovery from pain or injury. In the surgical arena, this includes total and partial knee replacement, total hip replacement, shoulder replacement procedures, and a variety of procedures to fix the surrounding tendons and ligaments. I also specialize in spine procedures such as outpatient disc surgery and minimally invasive fusion surgery. However, most people don't need surgery. The majority of my patients recover through the use of injection therapy, medication, and/or a custom-tailored physical therapy program.

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 problems, each with varying degrees of complexity. I spend the time necessary to help each patient get the right diagnosis and treatment. Please know that when I see you, I'll do the same for you.

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Allergic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antalgic Gait
  • Arthritis
  • 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
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Climacteric Arthropathy
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Crystal Arthropathy
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Gouty Arthropathy
  • Hand Conditions
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Hemophilic Arthropathy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Subluxation
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Clicking
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Deformity
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Monoarthropathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Myopathic Gait
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuropathic Arthropathy
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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
  • Osteoarthropathy
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Post-Infectious Reactive Arthropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scissoring Gait
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Simple Fractures
  • Spastic Gait
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Spondylarthropathy
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steppage Gait
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Transient Arthropathy
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis

Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1978

  • Internship Hospital
    Harbor Ucla Med Center

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    Harbor Ucla Med Center

    Completed in 1983

    Orthopaedic Hospital

    Completed in 1982

    Rancho Los Amigos Hosp

    Completed in 1981

    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Undergraduate School
    Cal Tech

    Graduated in 1974

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Specialties

  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Arthroscopic 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
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Disc 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 Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Herniated Disc Procedure
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Image-Guided Knee Replacement
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Discography
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Meniscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure