Baker's Cyst Injuries, Complications, Diagnosis
The knee is a hinge joint situated between the thigh bone and shin bones. The entire joint is enclosed inside a tough capsule lined with a membrane and filled with lubricating synovial fluid. Extra capsules or sacs of fluid, known as bursae, cushion and help reduce friction between tissues, produced by movement. Baker's cyst is a pronounced swelling on the back of the knee, caused by the abnormal collection of fluid inside the bursae. The symptoms are mild unless the cyst bursts or extends down into the calf muscles. Common causes of Baker's cyst include arthritis, infection, torn knee cartilage and other knee injuries. Baker's cyst is also known as a popliteal cyst.
Some of the causes of Baker's cyst include:
A person may be less inclined to seek medical help for Baker's cyst if the symptoms are mild, which they generally are. However, these cysts usually don't disappear of their own accord. If left untreated, the painful complications can include:
Baker's cyst is diagnosed using a number of tests, including:
Treatment for Baker's cyst can include:
Knee joints are prone to injury during sporting activities. Preventing knee trauma can reduce the risk of Baker's cyst developing in the first place or recurring after treatment. Suggestions include:
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