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Baker's Cyst Treatment

The cyst is at the attachment of the hamstring muscles, and those muscles flex the knee, so you need to be cautious about overdoing exercise using the hamstring muscles.

Usually, your doctor will treat the underlying cause of the cyst rather than the cyst itself. For example, should your doctor determine that you have damage to the cartilage, he or she may recommend surgery to remove it.

Very often a Baker's Cyst will require no treatment and will go away on its own. However, if the swelling becomes large and causes severe pain, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:

Conservative Treatment

Conservative Treatment - Wait and Watch

Baker's Cyst is often not treated specifically, though the underlying condition for example, arthritis or a meniscal tear, may require treatment. If no treatment is planned for the underlying condition, the physician may recommend that the patient wear a bandage and monitor the cyst to see if it gets any larger. A Baker's Cyst usually goes away on it's own, but can take months or even years.

Treatment To Reduce Inflammation

Treatment To Reduce Inflammation

If the cyst causes discomfort, the physician may recommend anti-inflammatory medication and cold compression therapy to help treat the symptoms of the Baker's Cyst. Cortisone injections are often prescribed but not recommended.

Treatment By Aspiration Or Surgery

Treatment By Aspiration Or Surgery

If the cyst causes discomfort, the physician may recommend that it be drained of fluid, but this does not address the underlying problem and the cyst will often return. If the cyst becomes so large that it threatens to compress blood vessels supplying the lower leg, the physician may recommend it be surgically removed. Surgery to remove a Baker's Cyst is rarely resorted to because there is a risk of damaging blood vessels and nerves that pass through the back of the knee.

Physical Therapy Treatment Modalities

Physical Therapy Treatment Modalities

Regular, gentle exercises may help to increase your range of motion and strengthen the muscles around your knee. Crutches may help to alleviate the pain. You can also help reduce pain by using a compression wrap or placing ice on the joint.

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

Increased Healing Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

Once the swelling and inflammation behind your knee has subsided, you are ready to increase blood flow. Blood flow is important because it carries nutrients and oxygen, and that is exactly what your body needs in order to heal. By increasing your blood flow, you're getting more nutrients and oxygen and healing faster. Treatments are simple and convenient. Three or four 20 minute treatments spread throughout the day will keep your blood flow increased all day long. Just wrap the BFST around your knee and turn it on. It's that simple.

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Staying active with a Bakers Cyst


We have the discussion with many of our customers on how can continue staying active while dealing with their injury.  We always recommend to rest and not to push it.  The last thing you would want to do is re-injure or further aggravate the knee.  Keeping the inflammation down behind the knee is the best way the stimulated blood flow will effectively heal the underlying issue causing the cyst.

For those who continue to stay active, what are some of the exercises or modifications on exercises you recommend?

Swimming? Yoga?

Let us know your thoughts.



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