Bakers Cyst

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    Hey Pete

    I have not been diagnosed yet but I am quite sure I have a Bakers Cyst on my right leg. It had been there for some time but was never very large. Just recently I started training again after a few years layoff. I was gently coaxing my body back into shape over the last few months but did a one big day and then another a week or two later.It became a bit more painful and obvious. I just started feeling strong again, had lost 10 pounds and of course do not want to stop training. I am 53 and do understand my body has limitations but obviously forgot Gradualness. Just wondering if you have any suggestions. Will this go away if I rest? What can I do to help it? I am okay with draining but not Cortisone shots. I understand that Bakers Cyst are usually from something else, injury, Arthritis, etc. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Pete Dickinson MS,PT on #44500

    A typical cause of bakers cycst is a meniscus tear, easily treatable with an arthroscopy, and worth the gains in training tolerance. Usually an MRI is needed to qualify for surgery as there are other causes…. Sometimes a surgery is worth it to get you to the point where you can tolerate training loads, other times the better course is the gradual rehab approach to save you the trauma of the surgery. Bakers cyst is one of those conditions where it is worth it to look at some more invasive options.

    MAD on #44607

    Hey Pete

    Much appreciated to hear your thoughts! I have a appointment to a sport injury clinic. I am hoping they will be able and willing to get me set up with an MRI and plan whether that is surgery or rehab.

    Keep up the great work Uphill Athlete folks!


    gould.lydia on #51337

    Hi MAD, glad to hear you are having a MRI scan. I too have a Bakers cyst, and have had it for 30 years after tearing my meniscus in an accident at work. It never really troubled me, then I had it aspirated, but it just came back after a week. Last summer i had a mountainbike crash and hit my knee hard on the side of a (hidden) ditch, then my bike landed on the inside bone of my knee.
    I rode home fine, but after 24 hour it was the size of a football and very painful.
    4 months later the Bakers cyst is causing trouble ,and inside it is a lump of tissue that seems to be floating around and gets caught up behind the ligament.
    Like you ,I booked a MRI scan, and it showed damage inside the knee, and the surgeon advised a arthroscopy to get rid of the lump inside it ,and clean out the knee joint. He also said I would probably need a TKR in some years time, as areas of bone to bone.
    If you have arthritis in your knee, more fluid is produced. For example a long hard race/training session, or doing too many hard days consecutively . The original advice I had was to leave well alone if it is not causing any pain. So do get several opinions as to its treatment, as you don’t want to opt for invasive surgery unless it is a last resort.

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