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 Metabolic Bone Disease Rehabilitation Program

Metabolic Bone Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides care for osteoporosis and other bone diseases, as well as bone fragility fractures, pain and disability. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals with different areas of expertise work together to provide patient care that includes diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education, support and when possible, prevention.

Our Patients

We care for patients who have conditions that affect bones, including:

  • Osteoporosis (thinning or loss of bone tissue overtime)
  • Hyperparathyroidism (associated with bone loss that occurs when the body produces too much parathyroid hormone)
  • Osteomalacia (softening of bone due to lack of vitamin D or poor absorption)
  • Paget’s disease (a condition, thought to be caused by a virus, where bones become large, deformed and weak)
  • Renal osteodystrophy (a bone disease that occurs with chronic kidney disease and other rare metabolic bone diseases)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our team of experts specializes in osteoporosis and other bone diseases with innovative therapies and treatments. There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We have 40 years of experience in osteoporosis treatment and research with international recognition.
  • We offer our patients state-of-the-art bone mass imaging technology which includes:
    • Bone density measuring scans (dual X-ray absorpitometry or DEXA) – low dose X-rays measure calcium and other minerals in your bone to identify your risk for osteoporosis before there’s a break or fracture
    • Peripheral computed tomography (pCT) scans or X-rays
  • Our physical therapists specialize in osteoporosis and unique therapies designed for patients with extremely fragile bones.
  • We have a Specialty Intervention Program for patients who continue to have bone fractures despite conventional treatment.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services for you after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help you achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following your referral to us from your physician, your care may include:

  • Analysis of bone DEXA scan (an imaging study to measure bone density)
  • pCT scan (peripheral computed tomography uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images)
  • Evaluation and detailed medical history
  • Extensive metabolic workup (eliminates other causes for bone disease)

Your Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is personalized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Medical evaluation with an orthopaedist (specializes in disorders of the skeleton and muscles)
  • Nutrition evaluation
  • Bone mass imaging and scans to evaluate bone loss and risk of future fracture
  • Balance of vitamin D and calcium
  • Medications to help prevent bone loss (anticatabolic) or stimulate new bone formation (anabolic)
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles in a bone-muscle unit
  • Preventive measures
  • Exercise program
  • Education
  • Nutrition counseling

Your Treatment Team

Your customized care is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Orthopaedists
  • Endocrinologists (specialize in diseases of the glands)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Dietitians (specialize in nutrition and dietetics)
  • Prosthetists (specialize in fitting, adjusting and care of artificial limbs)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)

Care Location

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:


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