baker cyst

Get Rid of a Baker’s Cyst Naturally

A baker’s or popliteal cyst is a swelling filled with fluid at the back of the knee. It is caused by problems with the knee joint or knee joint tissue often caused by injuries, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout. They are most likely to occur in women over the age of 40, but are not usually a cause for concern as with proper rest they will disappear on their own.

 

How do I know if I have a baker’s cyst?

  • Swelling in the knee and leg
  • Knee pain
  • Stiffness

 

How do I prevent baker’s cysts?

  • Warm up before performing sports and other exercise.
  • Wear footwear that provides the proper support.
  • Turn on the balls of your feet, not your knees.
  • Cool down after strenuous activities.
  • Stop all activities if you injure your knee and ice it immediately.

 

How can I treat baker’s cysts?

  • Follow the RICE method; rest, ice, compress and elevate to help decrease inflammation and lower swelling.
  • Limit your physical activity for a while to help prevent causing further injury.
  • Don’t be afraid to use crutches to help keep the join immobilized while you work out the pain and inflammation.
  • Once the swelling is gone, do gentle exercises to help strengthen the knee.
  • Be patient. With enough rest and time the cysts often go away on their own.
  • You can drink ginger tea and add ginger to your food to help naturally reduce inflammation.
  • Boswellia helps to reduce inflammation through cytokines.
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