What is it?

Baker’s cyst is a lump at the back of the knee that is filled with fluid. It is usually a result of a problem to the knee joint such as arthritis or tear to the cartilage.

What are the symptoms?

Often, Baker’s cyst may not be painful. However, when pain occurs they can be mild to severe. Other symptoms that can occur includes:

  • Bulge and/or tightness behind the knee.
  • Restricted knee movement.
  • Swelling of the back of the knee and possibly the calf.

What to expect?

As it subsides on its won, try the following:

  • Over-the-counter painkillers to ease the pain.
  • Apply ice over the affected area to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Rest the affected area and elevate the affected leg.
  • Avoid doing any strenuous activity however some physical activities such as walking or swimming can be done.
  • Losing weight may also be helpful in those who are overweight or obese.

If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your GP.

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