A BAKER’S CYST is a condition in which synovial fluid is filled in the sac present behind your knee (popliteal fossa) and is also called a popliteal cyst. Baker’s cyst cause bulge and feeling of tightness behind the knee and commonly associated with intra-articular knee disorders, such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, ligament tear & meniscal tear, etc. that cause excess production of fluid. This cyst can exert pressure on some structures at your knee like arteries, veins, or nerves.
Common Symptoms Of Baker’s Cyst are:
- Swelling and mass behind your knee, “pain” that gets worse when you fully flex or extend your knee
- Knee stiffness
- Limited movement
PHYSIOTHERAPY MANAGEMENT OF BAKER’S CYST:
Cryo-compression therapy will help in the reduction of pain and swelling, keep your leg raised above the heart level, this will keep swelling down, gait training with Crutch to keep pressure off from leg,
PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION FOR MAINTENANCE OF KNEE FLEXIBILITY:
Hamstring stretching, Calf stretching, strengthening exercise program, Quadriceps strengthening, Wall squats, short arc knee extension, Heel slides, Front and side stepping with loop band, Flossing, knee flexion and extension against TheraBand with the application of flossing to the knee, Muscle release technique.