Baker's Cyst on Knee - Member Case Study

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Well I have had a knee issue and it seems to be acting up again, Nobody has really been able to tell me what it is other then a Baker’s cyst.

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Well I have had a knee issue and it seems to be acting up again, Nobody has really been able to tell me what it is other then a Baker’s cyst. But it is pain right behind my knee and it seems to be the worst when sprinting and when I am sitting and then go to a standing position. I have had a treatment called ASTM on it, and it seemed to help some, but I don't really know what else to do. I have had an MRI and it just showed the cyst!! Can you give me some insight on what it could be or what I should do?

 



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If a Baker’s cyst has been identified, the cause of the pain may be the cyst or some other underlying problem in the knee. Baker’s cysts are a result of a tear in the joint capsule of the knee. Common causes of this disruption are tears of the meniscus, rheumatoid arthritis, and degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). Consequently, the cyst may be the result, or manifestation, of another problem. If the problem associated with the Baker’s cyst continues to cause symptoms with activity, it may have to be addressed with arthroscopic surgery to treat the underlying problem and the cyst. Addressing only the problem of the cyst does not correct the cause. Though the MRI by your report did not show any other associated problem, there is likely a structural cause of the cyst the MRI could not identify. Baker’s cysts can also rupture causing acute, but self-limited symptoms in the back of the knee and radiating down the calf. This solves the problem of the cyst, but does not solve the problem within the joint.

Though less common, a ganglion cyst in the knee can also cause a cystic appearance on MRI.

If your symptoms continue to interfere with your current level of activity, see your sports physician to consider further investigation or possible arthroscopy.

Rob Johnson, M.D.
Minneapolis, MN
 

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date: April 17, 2005

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