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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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The term BFST stands for Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy and it was created by King Brand Health Care. Blood flow is very important to help heal injuries, and after years of research and development they have come up with a product that does just what it says. No other company can match what King Brand does. They are the only company on the market that can directly target injuries at a cellular level with no surgery or doctors visits needed. Of course it’s important to visit the doctor when you've injured yourself, but their treatment modalities can be done in the comfort of your own home.

The King Brand forum is a great place to research specific ailments and to figure out whether or not the BFST and ColdCure products can help. Their treatment advisors are constantly posting on forums to help educate people on how to heal their injuries. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, then feel free to take part in their forum by registering.

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Meniscus tear

Hello, I have a meniscus tear that is fairly significant. I don't have a lot of pain but I do get some pain when i walk on it and i do have swelling. Will your BFST and coldcure products actually heal this tear so i don't need to have surgery or are these products more like this will help a 60% or 70% of injuries. I guess what I am asking is if this is 100% of course with proper rest etc? I really do not want surgery but i don't want to put it off if I try this and it doesn't work for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Re: Meniscus tear

In addition, how long could I expect to be resting and using your product before i can walk stairs without pain and be able to kneel down without pain? Your site said it could take a year or more so i just want to understand expectations. I assume even surgery would take time to heal but the doctor says i'll be 100% in 6 to 8 weeks but i don't know if i would be fully healed in 6 to 8 weeks after surgery either. Thanks

Re: Meniscus tear

Hi Loug,

Don't allow your Meniscus to be cut away forever by "repair surgery". You should only undergo Meniscus surgery if it is absolutely necessary. Your Meniscus is living tissue that can heal. Meniscus Repair Surgery very rarely actually repairs your Meniscus. The procedure usually gets rid of the pain by getting rid of the tissue, not fixing the actual problem.
If the tear is a complete tear, surgery is sometimes necessary, however, our products can also be used post surgery to help you heal more quickly.

Our products can help to fully heal a meniscus tear.

If you want to heal your Meniscus as quickly and completely as possible, we recommend using the BFST Knee Wrap and ColdCure Knee Wrap. While rest will help you avoid doing any further damage to your Meniscus, rest alone is not enough to accelerate the healing process. If you want to get back to doing your regular activities in a reduced amount of time, the BFST and ColdCure Knee Wraps can help with that.

Wear a ColdCure Knee Wrap as much as possible to relieve your pain and swelling and protect your Meniscus from further damage. It's important to understand that while cold therapy is an essential first step to healing, cold itself won't heal your underlying injury. The purpose of cold is to eliminate your inflammation and help with the pain. The BFST should not be used until the inflammation and pain are gone from the affected area, because you want to restrict the blood vessels when you have pain and swelling, not open them up. Blood flow therapy works to speed up the healing process for tissue that's no longer painful or swollen.

After the swelling and inflammation have been reduced, you will want to begin using the BFST Knee Wrap and doing 3-4 treatments throughout the day. The most important treatments are first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. The treatment first thing in the morning will act as a "warm-up" for your knee, and the treatment right before bed will help your circulation improve as you sleep. You will also want to use the BFST before any physical activity. This will help you heal quickly. The BFST stimulates blood flow through your Meniscus while you are at rest. It is designed to promote blood flow in injured tissue below the dermal (fat and skin) layer. Utilizing our proprietary Energy Web®, specially controlled and incredibly safe, low levels of EMR energy envelop your knee and stimulate blood flow in the soft tissue deep beneath the skin. The resulting stimulation brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the injured area, accelerating the healing process. Adequate blood flow is required for the Meniscus tissue to heal properly and quickly.

Finally, you will want to use KB Support Tape to avoid reinjuring the area as much as possible. KB Support Tape is designed to provide tissue with extra support, and also helps prevent re-injury. KB Support Tape can be worn any time but it is most important during physical activity.

Using these three products, the ColdCure Knee Wrap, BFST Knee Wrap and KB Support Tape will help to fully heal your Meniscus Tear.

As for how long this can take, that does depend on the severity of the injury, but it can take a while for injuries to fully heal, especially if the area is not getting rest or is reinjured. I have provided a link below that contains more information on the healing process and how our products can help with healing.

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