Ganglion cysts are most commonly seen in the tendons of your joints. People develop them in their hands or their wrists. These non-cancerous lumps are also seen in the ankles and the feet. Ganglion cysts have a circle or oval appearance. Their center is full of a jelly-like fluid.
Ganglion cysts vary in size. Smaller cysts can be the size of a pea. Larger cysts have been known to be around one inch in diameter. The symptoms that ganglion cysts cause vary depending on where they are located. Cysts that are close to the nerves may exert pressure on the nerves and cause pain. Other cysts may interfere with joint movement.
Since a ganglion cyst is non-cancerous, a doctor may recommend letting it run its course. In many cases, the cyst will go away on its own. However, if your cyst is causing problems, then our doctor may recommend draining it or removing it entirely. Most people visit a doctor when the lump of the ganglion cyst becomes noticeable or when the cyst causes pain or a loss of mobility.
Both men and women can develop a ganglion cyst. However, women have a higher chance of developing them, especially when they are between the ages of 20 and 40. Individuals who are battling with osteoarthritis, especially those who have osteoarthritis in the joints that are right next to their fingernails, have an increased risk of developing ganglion cysts. Those who have suffered an injury to their joints or tendons may also develop these cysts.
Many doctors suggest a watch and wait approach to treating these cysts. They may recommend a period of immobilization. This is because increased activity may cause the cyst to grow larger. If the affected area is temporarily immobilized, the cyst may shrink.
If you have a ganglion cyst that is bothering you, get in touch with us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates. Let our professionals work with you to come up with a safe and effective solution. Contact us today to book an initial consultation at our office in Duxbury or Sandwich!