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Bakers Cyst

What is a Baker’s cyst?

A Baker’s cyst is a swelling filled with synovial fluid, which forms behind your knee. Synovial fluid is the lubricating fluid that is usually found inside the knee joint. Baker’s cysts are sometimes called popliteal cysts.

What are the symptoms of a Baker’s cyst? In some cases a Baker’s cyst causes no pain and so remains unnoticed. The common symptoms of a Baker’s cyst are:

– swelling behind the knee

– pain behind the knee

– tightness in the back of the knee

– knee stiffness

– difficulty moving the knee joint.

What causes a Baker’s cyst?

A valve-like system exists between the knee joint and the bursa (a sac of fluid) on the back of the knee, which regulates the amount of synovial fluid coming in and out of the bursa. When the knee produces too much synovial fluid (this happens when the knee is swollen) the excess fluid causes the bursa behind the knee to bulge and expand – this is what is known as a Baker’s cyst. A Baker’s cyst can be the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear, which causes your knee to produce too much fluid. It sometimes also develops in people who do not have arthritis.

How can you treat a Baker’s cyst?

At Wake Sports Medicine we can drain the bakers cyst under ultrasound guidance.  See the image below:

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