Bakers Cysts

Have you noticed a bulging lump behind your knee? It could be a Baker’s cyst, a fluid-filled sac that can cause pain and tightness. While not always a cause for major concern, Baker’s cysts can be painful and disrupt your daily routine. The good news? Physiotherapy can be a highly effective way to manage your Baker’s cyst and get you back on your feet.

Understanding Baker’s Cysts

Your knee joint is surrounded by a capsule that has a thin lining that produces synovial (joint) fluid. This fluid acts like a lubricant, keeping your knee moving smoothly. Sometimes, an issue within the knee joint itself causes an excessive amount of fluid/inflammation to be produced, which in turn causes a bulge to form behind the knee joint – that’s a Baker’s cyst.

The issues that drive a Bakers cyst are commonly problems like arthritis, meniscus tears, or ligament injuries. Although in some cases, they may develop for no apparent reason.

How Does Physio Help?

While modified activity and pain medication are critical parts of early stage management, physiotherapy also offers a long-term solution for managing your Baker’s cyst and the underlying knee issue. The key components of a long term management plan are below:

  • Improving Flexibility: Gentle stretching exercises can improve your knee’s range of motion and prevent stiffness, especially important if the cyst is causing tightness.
  • Improving Strength: Strengthening the muscles around your knee, like the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, can improve joint stability and take pressure off the injured structures, and help with minimising the issue/s driving the cyst.
  • Addressing Underlying Mechanical Issues: Assessment of your gait and biomechanics to identify any movement dysfunction that might be contributing to the cyst. By correcting these, they can help prevent future problems.

If you think you’ve developed a Baker’s cyst, come on into Befit Training Physiotherapy for a thorough assessment and treatment plan. Physiotherapy can be a safe and effective way to manage your Baker’s cyst and get you back to enjoying life pain-free.

Tom Eather – BeFit Training Physio Double Bay

Tom Eather – BeFit Training Physio Double Bay

Tom Eather, a Senior Physiotherapist based in Double Bay, Sydney, offers effective treatment for musculoskeletal problems. With personalized assessments and evidence-based rehabilitation programs, Tom addresses the root cause of injuries to achieve long-lasting results. Specializing in Golf and sports injury physiotherapy, he emphasizes comprehensive healing over temporary fixes. To book a consultation, click the link below.

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