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A baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind the knee. The pain can worsen if you bend or fully straighten your knee, or if you are active.
- A baker’s cyst, also called a popliteal cyst (Pop-luh-TEE-ul), is usually the result of a problem with the knee joint, such as arthritis or a torn cartilage. Both of these conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a Baker’s cyst.
- Although a Baker cyst can cause swelling and make you feel uncomfortable, treating the likely underlying problem will usually help.Baker’s cyst Treatment Hyderabad
In some cases, a baker’s cyst won’t cause pain and you may not even notice it. If you have signs and symptoms, these could include:
- Swelling behind the knee and sometimes in the leg
- Knee pain
- Stiffness and inability to fully bend the knee
- Your symptoms may get worse after exercising or standing for a long time.
A lubricating fluid called synovial fluid (sih-NO-vee-ul) helps your leg vibrate smoothly and reduces friction between the moving parts of your knee.
- But sometimes the knee builds up too much synovial fluid, causing fluid to build up in an area behind the knee (popliteal bursa), causing a baker’s cyst. This can happen due to:
- Inflammation of the knee joint, such as that seen in different types of arthritis
A knee injury, like a tear in the cartilage.Baker’s cyst Treatment Hyderabad