Dr. Joel Torretti, MD

Dr. Joel Torretti, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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Dr. Joel Torretti, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in State College, PA. He has been practicing for 16 years.

101 Regent Ct

State College, PA 16801

Contact Information

(814) 231-2101

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • UPMC

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Top Care Areas


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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 97% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Ms Hershey Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Torretti has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Torretti's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Torretti to family and friends
based on 28 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Torretti's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Rockton |
What an unprofessional DR. Not even sure id call him a dr. Rude, doesnt listen to what you have to say. He is there for money only. I was referred by my dr only to have him be a complete jerk.
Altoona, PA |
Dr Torretti is an excellent surgeon. He has operated on my mother, my grandfather, and my husband. He did an outstanding job on all 3 of them. He even found a tumor on my husband’s spine that no other doctor had ever found. He helped us find a doctor that specializes in that tumor. He is an amazing man. I would send anyone I know to him. The staff (receptionists, nurses) need to learn customer service.
in New Enterprise, PA |
When I found Dr. Torretti, I had very no feeling in 1 leg and excruciating pain. My back was too far gone for conventional therapy. Dr. Torretti assured me that they could help me. I had a triple fusion from L3 to S1. I walked out of the hospital 3 days later. In 1 month, I was back on my horse. In 3 months, I was jumping my horse. It's been over 3 years and I'm competing on a top level horse and I'm pain free! It's all in how hard you work at it before and after surgery! I love him!
Johnsonburg, PA |
Verry rude and unprofessional. Went to him for help and he pretty much brushed me off. He didn't give me any direction to go and my pain is worse really don't know where to turn next..
in Kersey, PA |
I too was looking for a 2nd opinion & Dr. Torretti was highly recommended. Waiting for a month, they finally called me back after I had my records sent. I was told that Dr. Torretti would not see me. The rude nurse would not give a reason. And I had good insurance. In my opinion, this doctor and staff have no clue how to treat people other than as numbers and dollars. And my only need was a repair for one herniated disc.
in State College, PA |
Dr.Torretti did surgery on my back the first time and the surgery worked for four years and then When I went to Dr.Torretti the second time he said I needed six more screws on top of the the nine I already for a total of FIFTEEN SCREWS. This was done July of 2015. From July until now I am a complete cripple I can only walk 50 yards with out paid. Since July of 2015 My insurance company has paid out more than ONE MILLION DOLLARS in medical bills. Went to FOUR other doctors all said bad job.END
in Spring Mills, PA |
I had multiple level of neck spinal fusions and both he and his PA Nick were awesome from the first visit through surgery and my overnight stay at Mt Nittany Medical Center and all the subsequent follow up visits, I have no complaints about them...
in Brookville, PA |
Dr torretti is just in it for a payday he does not want to help people that don't have good insurance.i was told by his partner that I needed surgery asap when he read my Mri I was told to come in to the office the next day to get on the schedule for the following week,because my lower back was so bad I lost control of my bladder.i went the next morning to find the dr did not show up, so I rescheled for two weeks later to be told by dr torretti that my back was ok bc my insurance upmc he is a je
in Punxsutawney, PA |
I was looking for a 2nd opinion & Dr. Torretti was highly recommended. When they called to set up an appointment, I was told that my records from my surgeon need to to be sent. A month later someone called me back to say that Dr. Torretti would not see me. When I inquired as to why, the person on the phone said she did not know and that was it. I called back to ask if I could be given a direction: Was he too busy?,Should I seek another type of doctor?, etc. Nothing could be shared.I am at a loss
in Brookville pa |
Dr always in a big rush does not want bothered if you have Medicaid would never recommend anyone bring a dog to him
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Dr. Torretti accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • UPMC

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