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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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Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear


Hello! I am wondering how long a hip labral tear takes to heal with the bfst treatment! I have struggled with lots of hip pain throughout track and football football season and I don’t want to sit on these sports this year or get surgery! Track, football and CrossFit is my life and I can barely sprint and run now because of this injury! Surgery is the absolute last option! I am really hoping this will work. Doctors have been saying to me, “a labral tear cannot heal by itself.” I’m not fully sure that is true. Honestly I really don’t know even if I have a labral tear because of the extremely high false positive rate on the mri’s. They said I have bursitis and a labral tear. And I also think I have piriformis syndrome and snapping hip syndrome. This has been a real pain for me the last year and a half especially because I am trying to get a scholarship and this injury is really holding me back. I really want to know if this will work if I use it consistently? Also it might be a little harder to heal because of high intense workouts I’ve been doing. Thank you for anyone’s help.


Re: Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear


Thank you for your interest in King Brand. Our products are designed to help speed up your natural healing process by first decreasing inflammation and then promoting blood flow.

The labrum is an awkward area to treat to begin with. Our products will get deep within and the BFST will help to heal the cartilage, but it takes longer than other soft tissues due to the absorption (diffusion) into the cartilage itself as there is no direct blood supply. See the link below for more information on treating a hip labral tear.

http://kingbrand.com/Hip-Labrum-Tear.php

We recommend starting with the Back/Hip ColdCure Wrap. This wrap comes with 3 gel inserts that you will put in the freezer or fridge and then place inside the neoprene wrap before applying it to the body. The ColdCure treatments help to bring down pain, swelling, and inflammation by applying a cold compress. These treatments can be done in 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, and 20 minutes back on) or you can put a little more time between treatments depending on how comfortable you are with the cold. You should do this for a few days and look for a reduction in inflammation and tenderness to the touch.

https://www.kingbrand.com/ColdCure-Home.php

When inflammation and pain have gone down you can start the Back/Hip BFST Wrap treatments. The BFST Wrap simply improves the blood flow without causing any additional strain in the surrounding area. It uses electromagnetic energy to penetrate deep within the tissues and it is a similar technology to ultrasound. During treatments you should not be feeling a high heat like you would with a conventional heating pad. One 20 minute treatment will improve blood flow for 3-4 hours after. We recommend that you start on level 1 and do the treatments 4 times a day to receive the best results. Once that warming sensation goes away on level one that is when you would move to level 2. The more BFST treatments you do, the less warming sensation you will feel. That is a good sign. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this means your circulation is improving. Our BFST wraps come with a soft neoprene wrap that is secured to the body using velcro straps. When using the BFST Wrap it is best to apply it directly onto the skin because the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is a clothing barrier in between the Energy Web (component inside the wrap) and the body. Most people start to notice an improvement after about 3 weeks of BFST treatments.

When the body is at rest, blood flow circulation is impaired. When the body is moving, blood flow improves. You need to rest the affected area in order to avoid re-injury since physical activity during recovery can further strain your injury. But while at rest, you’re not getting the blood flow you need to heal. With BFST, you can rest and receive the additional blood flow your injury needs to heal.

http://kingbrand.com/BFST-Home.php

Additional info on when to use ColdCure and BFST:
If you have been active and you may have strained your hip, that is NOT the time to do BFST. That is when you use ColdCure. Additionally, do a ColdCure treatment immediately after any significant physical activity. You may not have noticed it but there may be additional inflammation from re-injury. ColdCure treatments will attempt to minimize the damage.

There is no limit to how often or how many times you can use ColdCure. As long as you want more, use it more. You can keep swapping the extra gel packs from your freezer into the wrap as long as you like. The only restriction is to wait 30-45 minutes after your last ColdCure treatment before following with a BFST treatment. As well, after a BFST treatment, it is best to wait an additional hour before using ColdCure again unless you are feeling significant pain.

Combination Treatment. To learn how to combine your BFST & ColdCure
treatments most effectively, please visit http://www.kingbrand.com/Combination-Therapy.php

Another product to consider would be our KB Support Tape. The KB Support Tape is designed to be applied any time you want extra support and protection for your hip. The tape provides ongoing compression throughout the day, so you get swelling relief that's light, comfortable and doesn't restrict movement. The KB Support Tape also helps to prevent re-injury by providing damaged tissue with targeted support and protection. There is no need to remove KB Tape when giving ColdCure Treatments. The Cold will easily penetrate the tape. BFST can be moderately affected by KB Tape. If the tape is covering the target area, the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is significant tape in between the Energy Web and the body. If Tape just covers a small part of the affected treatment area it is not a concern. See below some helpful links about taping.

KB Support Tape:http://kingbrand.com/KB-Support-Tape.php
Taping the hip:http://howtotapeinjuries.com/taping-the-back.php



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