The Metabolic Bone Rehabilitation Program at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center helps people with osteoporosis and other bone diseases live fuller, better quality lives. The focus of care is on maintaining health and preventing bone fragility fractures, pain and disability.

Our experienced and expert team of health care professionals provide comprehensive patient care that includes diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education, support and preventing disease progression.

Our Patients

The Metabolic Bone Rehabilitation Program focuses on helping patients with conditions, such as:

  • Osteoporosis (thinning or loss of bone tissue over time)
  • Hyperparathyroidism (bone loss related to overproduction of the parathyroid hormone)
  • Osteomalacia (softening of bone due to lack of vitamin D or poor absorption)
  • Paget’s disease (a condition that causes bones to 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?

Oho State’s expert team offers innovative therapies and treatments for those with osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Here’s why patients choose Ohio State’s Metabolic Bone Disease and Rehabilitation Program:

Personalized Care: At Ohio State, we are internationally recognized for more than 40 years of expert treatment and research in osteoporosis. We bring this level of experience and expertise to every patient. Each patient receives a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals.

Unique Services: 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.

Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our 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.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge.  

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