Providing expert care for osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

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 and expert team of healthcare professionals works 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 the bones, such as:

  • 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 treating osteoporosis and other bone diseases with innovative therapies and treatments. There are many important 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. Our physical therapists specialize in osteoporosis and unique therapies designed for our patients with extremely fragile bones
  • We have a Specialty Intervention Program for our patients who continue to have bone fractures despite conventional treatment. We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. 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.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s 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

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 (blood tests that eliminate other causes for bone disease)

Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan

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

  • Medical evaluation with an orthopedist (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

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your customized care starts with a team of specialists who may include:

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

Our Doctors

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