My mother suffers from long-standing osteoporosis. Why does she have pain in her knees also?

Q. Can long-standing osteoporosis lead to osteoarthritis in a female?

Answered by
Dr. Nagaraj
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 06, 2023

Hello doctor,

My mother has long-standing osteoporosis. Her knee pain has increased for the past few months. I am attaching her reports. How to interpret the results?

Please help.



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I went through your query and understood your concern.

I went through her reports (the attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).

It seems she has osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an age-related degenerative condition that affects the major joints like the knee joint. It is caused due to the constant friction that occurs between the bones when a person walks, runs, or sits which involves the joint. As this is age-related, it cannot be reversed. Treatment includes the use of painkillers and some specific medicines which helps to a moderate extent in repairing the joint surface. The definitive treatment remains knee replacement but this is too early for your mother.

I hope this has helped you.

Thanks and regards.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

Is it linked to existing osteoporosis? She also suffered from Carpal tunnel syndrome in the past. Is there any link to any previous ailment like this?

Please help.



Welcome back to

Osteoporosis is reduced bone density due to vitamin D and calcium deficiencies. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process that can lead to the rapid progression of osteoarthritis. It has nothing to do with Carpal tunnel syndrome.

I hope this has helped you.

Thanks and regards.

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