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How are Baker's cysts treated?

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  • You may not need any treatment at all. Baker’s cysts aren’t dangerous and tend to go away on their own. In the meantime, try these at-home remedies to ease your pain and make yourself more comfortable: Keep it cold. Apply a cold pack to the affected area. It’ll help keep the swelling down. A compression wrap might also help.
  • Relieve pain. For pain (and to reduce inflammation), take an over-the-counter medication, like ibuprofen.
  • Rest your leg. Keep it raised above heart level when possible. This will keep down swelling. Use a cane or crutch when you walk to keep pressure off your leg.

From: Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

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