What Causes Arthritis and Baker's Cyst?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I was in an automobile accident about 3 years ago. I was stopped at a red light and hit from behind by a drunk driver at high speed. In addition to other injuries, my knees hit the dashboard with force. I have suffered from alot of pain. The surgeon said that I have arthritis, a Baker's cyst, and torn cartilage. I never suffered from arthritis before.  Could the impact of this crash have started the arthritis and the Baker's cyst? I had arthroscopic surgery done. The arthritis was medium to severe.

Doctor's response

It is not possible for me to communicate on the particulars of your situation.  Impact injuries to the joints can cause cartilage damage.  Cartilage damage can cause arthritis and lead to a Baker's cyst over time.

For more information , visit the Osteoarthritis and Baker's Cyst Centers.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018