July 24, 2016
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Baker Cyst (cont.)

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What types of doctors treat a Baker cyst?

Doctors who treat Baker cysts include general primary-care physicians, orthopedists, and rheumatologists.

What tests do doctors use to diagnose a Baker cyst?

Baker cysts can be diagnosed by the doctor's examination and confirmed by imaging tests (either ultrasound, injection of contrast dye into the knee followed by imaging, called an arthrogram, or MRI scan) if necessary.

What is the treatment for a Baker cyst?

Baker cysts often resolve with aspiration (removal) of excess knee fluid in conjunction with cortisone injection. Medications are sometimes given to relieve pain and inflammation.

When cartilage tears or other internal knee problems are associated, physical therapy or surgery can be the best treatment option. During a surgical operation, the surgeon can remove the swollen tissue (synovium) that leads to the cyst formation. This is most commonly done with arthroscopic surgery. Physical therapy is often done in the recovery period.

What is the recovery time after treatment of a Baker cyst?

Recovery time depends on the form of treatment rendered. With medications or injections into the knee, recovery can be rapid, within days to weeks. If surgical repair is done, recovery generally takes one to three months.

Are there home remedies for a Baker cyst?

Home remedies, prior to medical evaluation, include cold applications, resting, and avoiding overuse or injury to the involved knee.

What are potential complications of a Baker cyst?

Complications of a Baker cyst include blood clotting in the involved leg, as well as rupture of the Baker cyst, causing swelling and pain of the leg and bruising discoloration of the ankle.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com


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