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Joseph Torg, MD


Joseph Torg, MD


Clinical Professor (adjunct), Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Telephone:  215-707-2111

Email: joseph.torg@temple.edu



Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree:  BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA


MD, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1961


Residency (Orthopaedic Surgery), Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1964-1968


Residency (Orthopaedic Surgery), Shriners Hospital For Crippled Children, Philadelphia, PA, 1966-1967


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clinical Interests:


Sports medicine

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board certification(s):


Orthopaedic Surgery, 1970

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26502998. McDevitt J, Tierney RT, Phillips J, Gaughan JP, Torg JS, Krynetskiy E, Association between GRIN2A promoter polymorphism and recovery from concussion. Brain Inj :(1-8)2015 Oct 26

26161769. Kleiner MT, Ahmed AA, Huser A, Mooar P, Torg J, Enoxaparin and Warfarin for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Total Hip Arthroplasty: To Bridge or Not to Bridge? Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 44:7(E231-4)2015 Jul

21853091. Ahmed AA, Mooar PA, Kleiner M, Torg JS, Miyamoto CT, Hypertensive patients show delayed wound healing following total hip arthroplasty. PLoS One 6:8(e23224)2011

21780848. Fowler JR, Gaughan JP, Boden BP, Pavlov H, Torg JS, The non-surgical and surgical treatment of tarsal navicular stress fractures. Sports Med 41:8(613-9)2011 Aug 1

20810933. Boden BP, Sheehan FT, Torg JS, Hewett TE, Noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injuries: mechanisms and risk factors. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 18:9(520-7)2010 Sep

20197494. Torg JS, Moyer J, Gaughan JP, Boden BP, Management of tarsal navicular stress fractures: conservative versus surgical treatment: a meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med 38:5(1048-53)2010 May

20020787. Chao S, Pacella MJ, Torg JS, The pathomechanics, pathophysiology and prevention of cervical spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries in athletics. Sports Med 40:1(59-75)2010 Jan 1

23015896. Torg JS, Cervical spine injuries and the return to football. Sports Health 1:5(376-83)2009 Sep

19372088. Hewett TE, Torg JS, Boden BP, Video analysis of trunk and knee motion during non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury in female athletes: lateral trunk and knee abduction motion are combined components of the injury mechanism. Br J Sports Med 43:6(417-22)2009 Jun

19182110. Boden BP, Torg JS, Knowles SB, Hewett TE, Video analysis of anterior cruciate ligament injury: abnormalities in hip and ankle kinematics. Am J Sports Med 37:2(252-9)2009 Feb

18298392. Purchase R, Mason R, Hsu V, Rogers K, Gaughan JP, Torg J, Fourteen-year prospective results of a high-density polyethylene prosthetic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Long Term Eff Med Implants 17:1(13-9)2007

15790082. Torg J, Vioxx and Merck: a preventable situation? Orthopedics 28:3(248, 250)2005 Mar

15692324. Tierney RT, Sitler MR, Swanik CB, Swanik KA, Higgins M, Torg J, Gender differences in head-neck segment dynamic stabilization during head acceleration. Med Sci Sports Exerc 37:2(272-9)2005 Feb

15085218. Heck JF, Clarke KS, Peterson TR, Torg JS, Weis MP, National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Head-Down Contact and Spearing in Tackle Football. J Athl Train 39:1(101-111)2004 Mar

12831646. Torg JS, Cervical spinal stenosis with cord neurapraxia: evaluations and decisions regarding participation in athletics. Curr Sports Med Rep 1:1(43-6)2002 Feb

11953627. Sunday JM, Guille JT, Torg JS, Complications of joint arthroplasty in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis. Clin Orthop Relat Res :397(350-5)2002 Apr

11792789. Torg JS, Guille JT, Jaffe S, Injuries to the cervical spine in American football players. J Bone Joint Surg Am 84-A:1(112-22)2002 Jan

10067717. Torg JS, Harris SM, Rogers K, Stilwell GJ, Retrospective report on the effectiveness of a polyurethane football helmet cover on the repeated occurrence of cerebral concussions. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 28:2(128-32)1999 Feb

9384393. Torg JS, Corcoran TA, Thibault LE, Pavlov H, Sennett BJ, Naranja RJ Jr, Priano S, Cervical cord neurapraxia: classification, pathomechanics, morbidity, and management guidelines. J Neurosurg 87:6(843-50)1997 Dec

9402209. Naranja RJ Jr, Corsetti J, Kuhlman JR, Torg JS, The search for the Holy Grail: a century of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 26:11(743-52)1997 Nov

9397326. Torg JS, Ramsey-Emrhein JA, Management guidelines for participation in collision activities with congenital, developmental, or postinjury lesions involving the cervical spine. Clin J Sport Med 7:4(273-91)1997 Oct

20086923. Torg JS, Ramsey-Emrhein JA, Cervical Spine and Brachial Plexus Injuries: Return-to-Play Recommendations. Phys Sportsmed 25:7(61-88)1997 Jul

9247923. Torg JS, Ramsey-Emrhein JA, Suggested management guidelines for participation in collision activities with congenital, developmental, or postinjury lesions involving the cervical spine. Med Sci Sports Exerc 29:7 Suppl(S256-72)1997 Jul

9209823. Torg JS, Ramsey-Emrhein JA, Management guidelines for participation in collision activities with congenital, developmental, or post-injury lesions involving the cervical spine. Clin Sports Med 16:3(501-30)1997 Jul

24573006. Torg JS, Ramsey-Emrhein JA, Management guidelines for participation in collision activities with congenital, developmental, or post-injury lesions involving the cervical spine. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil 9:2(135-54)1997 Jan 1

9006696. Levitz CL, Reilly PJ, Torg JS, The pathomechanics of chronic, recurrent cervical nerve root neurapraxia. The chronic burner syndrome. Am J Sports Med 25:1(73-6)1997 Jan-Feb

8947400. Naranja RJ Jr, Reilly PJ, Kuhlman JR, Haut E, Torg JS, Long-term evaluation of the Elmslie-Trillat-Maquet procedure for patellofemoral dysfunction. Am J Sports Med 24:6(779-84)1996 Nov-Dec

8816644. Torg JS, Naranja RJ Jr, Pavlov H, Galinat BJ, Warren R, Stine RA, The relationship of developmental narrowing of the cervical spinal canal to reversible and irreversible injury of the cervical spinal cord in football players. J Bone Joint Surg Am 78:9(1308-14)1996 Sep

8863022. Glasgow MT, Naranja RJ Jr, Glasgow SG, Torg JS, Analysis of failed surgical management of fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal distal to the tuberosity: the Jones fracture. Foot Ankle Int 17:8(449-57)1996 Aug

8638763. Gelb HJ, Glasgow SG, Sapega AA, Torg JS, Magnetic resonance imaging of knee disorders. Clinical value and cost-effectiveness in a sports medicine practice. Am J Sports Med 24:1(99-103)1996 Jan-Feb

8638758. Torg JS, Stilwell G, Rogers K, The effect of ambient temperature on the shoe-surface interface release coefficient. Am J Sports Med 24:1(79-82)1996 Jan-Feb

8614762. Torg JS, Cervical spinal stenosis with cord neurapraxia and transient quadriplegia. Sports Med 20:6(429-34)1995 Dec

7497678. Torg JS, Thibault L, Sennett B, Pavlov H, The Nicolas Andry Award. The pathomechanics and pathophysiology of cervical spinal cord injury. Clin Orthop Relat Res :321(259-69)1995 Dec

7632304. Fine KM, Glasgow SG, Torg JS, Tibial chondral fissures associated with the lateral meniscus. Arthroscopy 11:3(292-5)1995 Jun

10150381. Torg JS, Currier B, Douglas R, Hershman E, O'Leary PF, Symposium: spinal cord resuscitation. Contemp Orthop 30:6(495-504, 507-9)1995 Jun

7794442. Guerra JJ, Della Valle CJ, Corcoran TA, Torg JS, Duda JR, Arthroscopically assisted placement of a supracondylar intramedullary nail: operative technique. Arthroscopy 11:2(239-44)1995 Apr

8242943. Seldes R, Glasgow SG, Torg JS, Atraumatic spontaneous hemarthrosis associated with Lyme arthritis. A case report. Clin Orthop Relat Res :297(269-71)1993 Dec

8238702. Torg JS, Sennett B, Pavlov H, Leventhal MR, Glasgow SG, Spear tackler's spine. An entity precluding participation in tackle football and collision activities that expose the cervical spine to axial energy inputs. Am J Sports Med 21:5(640-9)1993 Sep-Oct

8231779. Pavlov H, Torg JS, Redefining cervical spinal stenosis using MRI. Med Sci Sports Exerc 25:9(1082-4)1993 Sep

8465920. Glasgow SG, Gabriel JP, Sapega AA, Glasgow MT, Torg JS, The effect of early versus late return to vigorous activities on the outcome of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med 21:2(243-8)1993 Mar-Apr

1623891. Torg JS, Epidemiology, pathomechanics, and prevention of football-induced cervical spinal cord trauma. Exerc Sport Sci Rev 20:(321-38)1992

1550651. Glasgow SG, Bruce RA, Yacobucci GN, Torg JS, Arthroscopic resection of glenoid labral tears in the athlete: a report of 29 cases. Arthroscopy 8:1(48-54)1992

1897649. Torg JS, Pavlov H, O'Neill MJ, Nichols CE Jr, Sennett B, The axial load teardrop fracture. A biomechanical, clinical and roentgenographic analysis. Am J Sports Med 19:4(355-64)1991 Jul-Aug

10350746. Torg JS, Gennarelli TA, Catastrophic Head and Neck Injuries. Adolesc Med 2:1(155-180)1991 Feb

2008932. Torg JS, Sennett B, Vegso JJ, Pavlov H, Axial loading injuries to the middle cervical spine segment. An analysis and classification of twenty-five cases. Am J Sports Med 19:1(6-20)1991 Jan-Feb

2197611. Torg JS, Fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal distal to the tuberosity. Orthopedics 13:7(731-7)1990 Jul

2317975. Gecha SR, Torg JS, Clinical prognosticators for the efficacy of retinacular release surgery to treat patellofemoral pain. Clin Orthop Relat Res :253(203-8)1990 Apr

2183946. Torg JS, Cervical spinal stenosis with cord neurapraxia and transient quadriplegia. Clin Sports Med 9:2(279-96)1990 Apr

10148032. Gurtler RA, Stine R, Torg JS, Lachman test revisited. Contemp Orthop 20:2(145-54)1990 Feb

2301692. Torg JS, Vegso JJ, O'Neill MJ, Sennett B, The epidemiologic, pathologic, biomechanical, and cinematographic analysis of football-induced cervical spine trauma. Am J Sports Med 18:1(50-7)1990 Jan-Feb

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