Baker’s Cyst: Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis
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A Baker’s cyst is a painful condition of the knee, where synovial fluid from inside the joint moves out to the back of the knee and forms a swollen lump. This lump can be painful and can restrict the range of knee bend that is possible at the joint. Treatment for this condition includes rest, elevation and compression. Here are our recommendations for best braces and best knee wrap for Baker’s cyst.
The best knee wrap for a Baker’s cyst will offer compression, ice or stability. A Baker’s cyst is a swelling behind the knee, and compression and elevation are the best ways to help swelling reabsorb and reduce. Ice is a very effective treatment for pain relief, the swelling caused by the Baker’s cyst is typically very painful, and ice can offer effective relief without needing medication. Lastly, stability can often be an issue if a Baker’s cyst is caused by damage or degenerative changes in the joint. Commonly these are meniscal injuries or arthritis, which can make the knee feel unstable or give way. A brace offering stability for the joint can be very useful.
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A Baker’s cyst can cause pain and tightness at the back of the knee, and ice is an effective alternative to medication. The Neenca compression knee brace for Baker’s Cyst has places to insert ice packs to keep the back of the knee cool and reduce pain while offering compression to help reduce the swelling.
Compression is a useful way to reduce the swelling of a Baker’s cyst. In our experience, using a Bakers cyst elastic bandage or sleeve is an effective way of controlling Baker’s cyst swelling. The Modvel compression sleeve is easy to slide on and off and comfortable to wear while offering effective compression to reduce the swelling at the back of the knee.
Some people find that with a Baker’s cyst, they feel instability at the knee. This is common with those that have degenerative changes such as meniscus tears or arthritis in the joint.
This knee brace for Baker’s cyst is a hinged brace that offers lateral stability and compression to help with the stability and swelling of a Baker’s cyst.
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.