Our Team Approach to Orthopedic Care
Torrance Memorial's orthopedic staff works alongside board certified
orthopedic surgeons known for their expertise in performing the most complex,
innovative and integrated surgeries. Our physician specialists adhere
to the highest standard for orthopedic excellence, a key reason why Torrance
Memorial Medical Center has been awarded Blue Distinction Center for delivering
The expertise of our orthopedic surgeons is a key factor contributing to
our reputation for excellence. Our surgeons are all board-certified and
have undergone advanced training in minimally invasive surgery. Collectively
they perform more than 2,100 orthopedic procedures each year. Many have
achieved peer recognition through awards, publication and other honors.
Whether specializing in sports medicine, scoliosis, joint replacement,
shoulder or upper extremities, each of our physicians is highly knowledgeable
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Road to Recovery
After having orthopedic surgery, it is important to make rehabilitation,
including all appointments and related activities, a priority in your
life. Full participation in rehab will help you recover quickly and will
also increase the likelihood that you'll be happy with the results
of the surgical procedure.
Torrance Memorial's highly trained rehabilitation services team is
here to help you every step of the way. Our team includes skilled physical
and occupational therapists who work to meet the individual needs of every
patient in our on-site rehabilitation unit and gymnasium.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
At Torrance Memorial, our staff of well-trained physical and occupational
therapists will assist you through your regular program of range of motion
and muscle strengthening exercises. Their goal is to help every patient
restore function, gain strength and manage pain, while also reducing stress,
minimizing joint strain and conserving energy so you can heal well. Our
therapists will help you learn the appropriate techniques for self-care,
including proper grooming, bathing and dressing techniques for the period
of time before you are able to move easily and normally.
During your hospital stay, you can expect to receive physical therapy twice
a day and occupational therapy three times a week. Our therapists will
help you and your family members learn the safest and easiest approaches
to the activities of daily life, including how to sit and rise, get in
and out of bed and how to use special adaptive equipment during your healing period.
Case Manager: Taking Care of Your Needs
We have a case management staff, consisting of registered nurses and trained
case managers, who work with patients and family members to help insure
that your time in the hospital is productive and to help you get what
you need for a safe recovery at home.
In order to assess your needs, the case management team will ask you a
series of questions, including:
- Do you live alone?
- Will someone be there to assist in your care after hospital discharge?
- Are you planning on a home care agency prior to returning home?
- What equipment do you already have?
Our case management team will help evaluate your needs, discuss resources
and benefits that are or may be available to you, answer important questions
about your hospital stay and assist with your discharge plans.
Continuum of Care
Torrance Memorial has a dedicated orthopedic unit where patients receive
the full continuum of care from a team of highly experienced orthopedic
nurses and therapists. Every patient stays in a private room equipped
with a television and cable access. We have an on-site, state-of-the-art
gymnasium for physical therapy and rehabilitation.