The Teenager with Vanishing Bones

published 1 week ago by Dr. Frederick B. Covington

Natalia was born with a rare disease called idiopathic multicentric osteolysis, which means her body is slowly absorbing her bones - literally making them ‘vanish.’ The 14 year old deals with constant pain, and it impacts everyday tasks like eating, dressing and going to school. Yet Natalia is determined to not let the condition dictate her life. She has developed a passion for art, is a top student at school and loves to socialize with her friends. How would you render OT services? What recommendations would you make as her OT?

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