Baker's Cyst

A Baker’s cyst by itself is usually not a cause for concern. However, it is a sign there there may be something wrong within your knee - Vishal Pai

Baker's Cyst
Baker's Cyst

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Baker’s Cyst: A Common Knee Problem

A person may have a Baker’s Cyst and never report any symptoms. More often, stiffness and swelling in the back of the knee are reported, causing discomfort and a decrease in activity. It may be possible to feel the cyst underneath the skin. Occasionally, a Baker’s Cyst may rupture, which will result in swelling, bruising and pain behind the knee and calf. Most people find that having a Baker’s Cyst is an annoyance, but not something which needs medical attention.

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 Baker’s Cyst: A Common Knee Problem

Often, a Baker’s Cyst occurs because of another injury or disease process that is occurring in the knee, which causes the increase in synovial fluid. Some of the most common causes are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Meniscal Tears, but they can be seen with other conditions.


Most Baker’s cysts will improve with nonsurgical treatment that includes changes in activity and anti-inflammatory medications. Some cysts may even go away on their own, with no treatment at all.


The cyst can exercise pressure on some anatomical structures, in most cases, the affected anatomical structure is the popliteal vein. Which can develop into thrombophlebitis.

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