Cyst Behind the Knee Treatment
Treatment for a Baker's cyst may not be necessary, because most cysts resolve over several years without treatment. Usually, a Baker's cyst is caused by an injury to the knee joint or arthritis in the knee. Treatment is focused on treating the underlying cause. If the cyst is causing pain, treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Large cysts may be treated with corticosteroid injections or surgery.
Treatment for a Baker's cyst may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Physical therapy for Baker's cyst:
- Leg strengthening may help reduce swelling.
- Needle drainage of fluid from a Baker's cyst
- Corticosteroid injections for Baker's cyst:
- Medication is injected into the cyst, in order to reduce inflammation.
- Surgery to remove the Baker's cyst:
- For large cysts
Cyst Behind the Knee Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a Baker's cyst.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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