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How baker's cyst can affect your health?

What do you know about Baker’s Cyst?

Baker’s cyst (or Baker’s cyst), also known as a popliteal cyst, is a swelling of the popliteal fossa, the space behind the knee. It causes stiffness and pain in the knees.

Pain caused by a cyst is usually exacerbated when the patient bends, stretches, or moves completely around the knee.

Some pain points about Baker’s Cyst

Here are some important points about Baker’s cyst:

  • Baker’s cyst is swelling of the space behind the knee.
  • Baker’s cyst most commonly affects women over 40.
  • Symptoms of Baker’s cyst include joint blockages, pain in the knee and calf.
  • Baker’s cysts often go away without medication.

Symptoms of Baker’s Cyst

Baker’s cysts may not be painful. You might not even notice it at all. If you have symptoms, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • rigidity
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling behind the knees and calves
  • Bruises on the knees and calves
  • Cyst rupture

Treatment of Baker’s Cyst

It can be treated in different ways.

Medication

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – pain relievers (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers) help treat Baker’s cyst.

A common over-the-counter drug, ibuprofen, is NSAID.

Further Treatment

 In most cases, if there is an underlying cause, the doctor will treat the cause rather than the cyst itself. Additional treatment may be needed if the swelling is particularly severe and painful.

Corticosteroid injections: This reduces inflammation and relieves pain, but does not reduce the risk of recurrence.

Physiotherapy: A qualified physiotherapist may recommend gentle strengthening and range of motion exercises for the muscles of the knee. These exercises not only help maintain knee function but also help relieve symptoms.

Arthroscopy: Significant damage to the knee joint, possibly due to physical injury or an underlying condition, may mean that the cyst needs to be surgically removed and the joint repaired. Surgeons use an arthroscope to examine and treat joint problems. An arthroscope is a thin, flexible fiber-optic tube that is inserted into a joint through a small incision.

Baker’s cyst affects more women than men, possibly because women develop rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis more often.

People of all ages can be affected, but most patients are over 40 years old.

A Baker’s cyst, or popliteal cyst, is a fluid filled swelling that develops on the back of a person’s knee. Baker’s cysts can sometimes rupture, potentially leading to pain and swelling. Read more about it on medicalnewstoday.com

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