Carilion Clinic strives to provide comprehensive bone health to our communities and beyond. We provide focused bone health care to patients who have osteoporosis or are at increased risk of developing it. Our goal is to prevent recurrent fractures by developing a multi-disciplinary bone health assessment followed by bone health education and a plan of care to promote healthy bones and reduce risks of future fractures.
Bone Health Evaluation
Our comprehensive bone health evaluation includes a medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, FRAX score calculation and a bone density scan.
Bone Health Program Appropriate Patients
People who are 49 years of age or older, have a low vitamin D level and/or a fragility fracture are appropriate patients for our Bone Health program.
Who Should Get Tested for Osteoporosis?
People with early menopause/surgical menopause; fragility fractures, a family history of osteoporosis; low BMI; low calcium and vitamin D intake; low activity level; smoking; alcohol consumption; medication use (steroids, anticonvulsants); and certain medical conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, gastric bypass, celiac disease) should get tested for osteoporosis.
Several treatment options are available that can help manage your osteoporosis and prevent further fractures. Treatments could include medications, dietary changes, an exercise program and lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation or decreasing alcohol consumption. Your health care provider will discuss your treatment options with you during your first visit. Your participation is important in managing osteoporosis.
Meet Our Bone Health Coordinator
Amelia Rode received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia before receiving her graduate degree as a physician assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. She is focused in treating osteoporosis and preventing secondary fragility fractures. She has joined the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences in Roanoke and provides treatment for at-risk patients.
The Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences (ION) is an innovative convergence of leading medical practitioners who provide expert care to patients. ION serves as a model for medical students, research fellows and residents—the next generation of providers. ION provides a shared vision of collaboration and a team-based approach to healing.
The Orthopaedics Department provides fellowship training for surgeons from across the United States to help them provide better care.
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At Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics, we are actively involved in finding innovative ways to improve the care we give to our patients. Here is a partial list of research studies currently taking place in the Department of Orthopaedics.
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Driving After Wide-Awake Hand Surgery
Fingertip Injury Study—Video Education
Robotic Hand Orthosis Providing Grasp Assistance for Patients with Brachial Plexus Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Pain Treatment Study
Measurement Discrepancies in Posterior Malleolar Fragment Size in Plain Film Radiology vs. CT
Investigation of Amnios RT for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Dilatant Insole to Reduce Damage Inflicted by Peripheral Neuropathy
Effectiveness of Single-Use, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (PICO) vs. Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (tNPWT) in the Treatment of Lower Extremity Ulcers
Diabetic Foot Ulcers Treated with Clostridial Collagenase (SANTYL) Ointment or with a Comparator Product Containing Silver
Establishment of Safe INR Level in Patients Undergoing Hip Fracture Surgery
Predicting Fracture Union Using Post-Operative RUST Scores
Incidence of Fractures and Biomarkers Among MGUS Patients in a Bone Health Clinic
Use of Locking Plates in the Treatment of Periprosthetic Fractures
Testing the Structural Properties of Bone Cement
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Prospective Evaluation of Exparel Adductor Canal Field Block for Pain Control After ACL Reconstruction
Measuring Landing Mechanics During Rehabilitation
The Effects of Ankle Braces on Foot Posture
Gait Biofeedback for Cerebral Palsy Study
Side-to-Side Asymmetry Changes During Running
Effects of Optimism on Functional Outcome Following Total Knee Arthroplasty or Total Hip Arthroplasty
Effect of Tibial Slope on Coronal Alignment in Total Knee Arthroplasty
Comparison of Headed vs. Headless Screws in Periacetabular Osteotomy
Outcomes of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients with Prior Spinal Fusion
BMI Association with 30- and 90-Day Readmissions
Predictive Value of Postoperative Anemia on Length of Stay for Patients Undergoing Minimally Invasive (MIS) Lumbar Fusion
Assessing the Clinical Value of Tranexamic Acid in Fusion Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Evaluation of the Thrombosis Risk of TXA Administration in Spine Surgery
Contribution of Postoperative Anemia to Length of Stay for Patients Undergoing Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Our team of orthopaedic surgeons provides care at the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences in several locations throughout southwest Virginia. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained reconstruction surgeons evaluate and treat thousands of patients each year.