Baker's Cyst – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the knee joint. They specialize in using advanced techniques to treat Baker’s Cyst.

Baker's Cyst

Baker’s Cyst, also known as Popliteal Cyst, is a painful condition in which a fluid filled cyst develops at the back of knee causing pain whenever the knee is bent or extended. The condition often occurs due to knee conditions such as Arthritis, Cartilage Injury etc. The size of the cyst may vary from small to large and is more commonly seen among children.

Causes Of Baker's Cyst

  • Excessive production of synovial fluid that reduces friction and helps the leg swing smoothly
  • Knee injury or trauma
  • Inflammation of the knee joint
  • Repetitive knee movement

Symptoms Of Baker's Cyst

  • Knee pain
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Swelling behind the knee
  • Inability to flex or straighten the knee
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tightness behind the knee
  • A sensation of pressure at the back of knee

Diagnosis Of Baker's Cyst

The knee doctor will thoroughly examine the joint and check the range of motion. He may ask some questions about the patient’s medical history. He may also recommend imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI scan etc. to view the joint’s internal structures and diagnose the condition.

Treatment For Baker's Cyst

A Baker's Cyst typically resolves on its own, but if the patient has swelling the knee doctor may have to drain out the fluid using a needle. The patient may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medicines to provide relief from pain. He may also be advised to use a cane or crutch while walking and keep the treated knee wrapped in an elastic bandage.

In rare cases, if the cyst is too large and extremely painful, a surgery may be required to close the connection between the Baker’s Cyst and the knee joint. The cyst is removed surgically using open surgery.

For a speedier recovery, the knee surgeon may recommend the patient to provide ample rest to the knee and avoid any activities that put pressure on it. The patient may also be required to maintain an ideal body mass index to avoid straining the knee.

The knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions causing knee pain. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.