Baker’s cysts occur in the knee area, typically behind the knee, and are also called popliteal cysts. A Baker’s cyst can be an uncomfortable affliction brought on by injury or by an ongoing condition like arthritis, but treatment is possible and usually provides lasting relief.
The physicians at West Medical have treated numerous cases of Baker’s cysts and are well known for their efficient and comprehensive care. Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced specialists and begin your route to recovery.
Symptoms of a Baker’s Knee Cyst
Sometimes Baker’s Cysts of the Knee cause little to no pain, so they may not be immediately detected. However, when symptoms do occur, they often present as:
- Swelling and/or stiffness behind the knee
- Minor pain behind the knee and at the top of the calf while the leg is bent or fully extended
Tests for a Baker’s Knee Cyst
Your doctor will conduct a physical examination and may order a scan, like an MRI, in order to determine the extent of your possible knee cyst. Because many Baker’s cysts are not accompanied by symptoms, it’s important that a doctor inspect your knee for the potential cyst.
Baker’s Knee Cyst Treatments
Unless your Baker’s cyst is limiting your mobility or causing you discomfort, most doctors opt not to interfere with the cyst. If your Baker’s knee cyst is causing you pain or aggravation, or impacting your quality of life, then your cyst may be injected with an anti-inflammatory to reduce its size or swelling, or a surgeon may remove it entirely.
If your route of treatment is non-surgical however, there are certain steps you can take avoid minor aches and pains associated with your Baker’s cyst, including:
- anti-inflammatory medicine
- bracing of the knee
- targeted exercise to strengthen the area and avoid certain strain
It’s important that treatment for your Baker’s cyst, whether surgical or non-surgical, is overseen by experienced physicians so that you recover with the fewest possible complications and with the greatest chance to restore full strength and range of motion. Our staff has extensive experiencing handling knee cysts and can provide top tier treatment in order to restore you to your fullest health.
Call us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of the skilled physicians at West Medical.
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