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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.

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Baker Cysts

I have a baker cysts on back of knee, just had it drained my inside of my knee is stiff difficult walking. I was told I might have a torn meniscus but have not had MRI. Really do not want to go through surgery but want to gain back my mobility in my knee. Has any one had any luck with King Brand?

Re: Baker Cysts

Hello Annie,
So sorry to hear that you are experiencing so much pain,
We have had a lot of customers who have reported high success rates by using our King Brand BFST and ColdCure wraps and I do feel this would be an excellent recommendation based on your current condition.
It's important to use both BFST and ColdCure in regards to treatment for your Baker Cyst. The ColdCure helps with swelling/inflammation and pain and then the Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST) will help to deliver increased circulation to the injured area promoting healing while at rest.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact one of our King Brand Healthcare Adviser's at 1-844-400-2525
Best Regards.

Re: Baker Cysts

I've had a Bakers cyst behind my right knee for over six years. The golf-ball size cyst has remained constant during this period except when it occasionally swells slightly, usually following leg exercises like walking, jogging, biking and plyometric jumping exercises. I've never done anything to treat it short of laying off leg workouts when my knee becomes too stiff and inflexible. Its never very painful, but can become extremely uncomfortable.

Will BFST still heal this longstanding Bakers cyst ?

Re: Baker Cysts

Hi Drrandy51, Thanks for your enquiry.

As you've had the Bakers Cyst for so long, you may want to follow-up with your doctor to find out why the cyst has remained a constant golf-ball size. Often times medical professionals may recommend intervention for Bakers Cysts (such as drainage of fluid), plus usage of cold / ice to reduce inflammation and swelling behind the knee is usually also recommended.
- If you tend to notice an increase in swelling post-activity, you will likely benefit from using cold therapy when this occurs; to help reduce the new swelling and inflammation.
- Cold therapy may even help you right now, to target the underlying inflammation you may not necessarily be aware of behind the knee.

A Bakers Cyst is usually a symptom of an underlying condition in the knee itself (often a meniscus tear or injury). As far as the BFST is concerned, this can be used to harness faster recovery and healing by improving blood flow and circulation - it doesn't matter how new or mature the issue is. We advocate for using the BFST when underlying inflammation and swelling is under control. Using the BFST too soon (with these symptoms) won't cause any harm or further injury, however, the body would become quite hot during a treatment - signifying that the blood flow is being overstimulated and there's nowhere for the additional blood flow to be delivered to.
- The BFST isn't a heating pad, therefore, heat is not a desirable effect. The sensation experienced during a BFST treatment should be a very minor warming (and some people feel a bit of tingling); this is how your body is responding to improvement of blood flow in the targeted area.

We would be more than happy to further discuss your health concerns in relation to usage of Cold and BFST - Please call us toll free on 1844-400-2525 :)

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