Baker's Cyst

Monday, September 05, 2016

A Bakers cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about Bakers cysts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A Bakers cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind your knee. The pain can get worse when you fully flex or extend your knee or when youre active.

Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a Bakers cyst.

Although a Bakers cyst may cause swelling and make you uncomfortable, treating the probable underlying problem usually provides relief.

In some cases, a Bakers cyst causes no pain, and you may not notice it. If you do have signs and symptoms, they might include:

Swelling behind your knee, and sometimes in your leg

Knee pain, and

Stiffness and inability to fully flex the knee

Your symptoms may be worse after youve been active or if youve been standing for a long time.

If you have pain and swelling behind your knee, see your doctor. Though unlikely, a bulge behind your knee may be a sign of a condition more serious than a fluid-filled cyst.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.