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Cynthia S.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:04 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Baker's Cyst Reply with quote

It seems I have developed a Baker's Cyst behind my knee. I "think" this may have been caused by an overused tendon during the E2 Exam - too many miles on my mtb using eggbeaters with too much float - there is a knot on the tendon. I am feeling the swelling and also pain in the knee joint. A PT advised that I try anti inflamatory and ice. Any thoughts? should I see a doc?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:42 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cynthia:

A Baker's cyst is often due to inflammation of the bursa sac that surrounds the tendons. The bursa sac fills with excess amounts of fluid and the cyst is thus formed. They can also arise for tears in the cartilage overlying the knee or a meniscus tear. Recommendations for management are rest, anti-inflammatory medications, compressive dressings (knee supports) they can take up to two years to resolve and stubborn ones may require intervention with drainage, injection of steroids or even surgical removal. If you cyst is getting larger, is painful or is impairing your movement, get an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:12 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the information, doc!
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