What is Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)?

A Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind your knee. A Baker’s cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a Baker’s cyst.

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What are the symptoms of Baker’s Cyst?

Symptoms of baker’s cyst include swelling behind the knee like the size of a golf ball. A sensation of pressure in the back of the joint which can go down into the calf muscle. Difficulties in bending the joint. Aching and tenderness after exercise. tend to notice is a bulge behind the knee, a bit like a small water balloon.

What are the causes of Popliteal Cyst?

Injury – trauma or injury to the knee can cause a build-up of fluid (effusion), which triggers Baker’s cyst.

Torn cartilage – usually affecting the cartilages (known as menisci) that bolster the knee joint on both sides.

Arthritis – particularly rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause where 50% of people develop a Baker’s Cyst knee.

Infection – local infection can cause fluid retention around the knee joint.

Unknown causes – Baker’s cysts can sometimes develop in children for no apparent reason.

How is those lump diagnosed?

At Baker’s Cyst specialist clinic, our doctors diagnosed baker’s cyst through: Physical Examination clinically. Joint x-ray – this will not show the cyst but can show the presence of arthritis in the knee joint that may be causing the problem. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst) Treatment

At Baker’s cyst specialist clinic, our doctors treat baker’s cyst as following:

Non-Surgical Treatments include Icing to reduce inflammation. Physiotherapy to maintain mobility and strength. Medications are sometimes given to relieve pain and inflammation. Anti-inflammatory injection. Knee Aspiration: drain the fluid from the knee joint using a needle

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment may be the best treatment option when cartilage tears or other internal knee problems are associated with the condition. During a surgical operation the surgeon can remove the swollen tissue (synovium) that leads to the cyst formation.

NOTE: Be aware that lumps in the back of the knee are most likely a Popliteal Cyst but might possibly be a tumor or an aneurysm (swelling in an artery). If unsure always seek advise by calling us now at (65) 66532628 – 24HR Hotline for baker’s cyst (popliteal) cyst treatment appointment. 

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