Baker’s Cyst Management
There are several steps that can be done to manage baker’s cyst and help relieve patients of the pain and discomfort that are experienced.
- The cysts usually will go away in time and would often not require any form of treatment. This is true for those cysts that are asymptomatic.
- Anti-inflammatory and pain reliever drugs that can be bought over the counter can be taken to reduce the swelling and control pain.
- It is best for patients to use a cane or any kind of support that can help in moving around. This will give the legs ample time to rest which will speed up the natural removal of the cyst.
- It is also good for patients to know from their doctors how much weight can be placed on the knee and follow given instructions diligently.
- If badly needed, patients can have the cysts aspirated.
- Surgical excision or removal of the cyst can be done for cases that cause severe discomfort.
- Overall, doctors will recommend the PRICE principle which is protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Natural Treatment and Cures for Baker’s Cyst
- Generally, Baker’s Cyst does not need any kind of treatment since it will go away on its own.
- Ginger. Patients can either take supplements or drink ginger tea. This natural treatment has been proven to prevent and decrease inflammation in the joints including those at the back of the knee.
- Boswellia. This is an herb that has anti-inflammatory properties. It can stop cytokines that is considered a major factor that causes inflammatory cascades.
- Patients can perform regular motion exercises which can strengthen the muscles of the knee, help control the symptoms of discomforts brought about by the cysts, and help the knee function normally.
- Elevating the legs and using it minimally by resting and using supports like crutches can help speed up the natural healing process.
- Ice packs can be used to relieve pain.
- Prolotherapy. This treatment aids the proper functioning of knee joints which will prevent accumulation of fluids that will lead to Baker’s cyst.
- To prevent the occurrence of Baker’s cysts, it is important for patients to regularly move their knees and do exercises that help strengthen knee muscles like walking.