Baker’s Cyst

About Baker’s Cyst:

A Baker’s Cyst is a pocket of fluid that can develop a lump behind the knee. This occurs as a result of swelling of the knee joint wherein there is an excess of synovial fluid in the joint. The excess joint fluid begins to fill the pockets of tissue behind the knee and can be felt as a bulge behind the knee.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Tightness and stiffness in the knee
  • Swelling behind the knee (which sometimes worsens when standing)
  • Pain extending from behind the knee to the upper calf (often felt when bending and/or straightening the knee)

How is it Treated?

If the cyst is not causing pain or limitations in mobility, no intervention is needed. Most symptomatic cases are relieved once the source of the inflammation and swelling is addressed.


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