What is a Baker’s Cyst?

A Baker’s Cyst is also referred to as a Popliteal Cyst. A Baker’s can be observed as a swelling or a bulge behind the knee. The symptoms are often annoying, because the pain and stiffness can lead you to limit your activities especially when the leg is fully extended.

Causes Of Baker’s Cyst Knee Pain

A Baker’s Cyst is most commonly diagnosed in individuals as a result of another condition in the knee that causes inflammation or swelling such as arthritis or a meniscus tear. These conditions produce a lot of synovial fluid. In a healthy knee this fluid normally circulates through the knee joint allowing it to be lubricated. However, in an arthritic knee, or a knee that has a tear there is an overproduction of fluid, and the excess fluid may get trapped in the sac or bursa in the back of the knee joint. As a result, the bursa expands in the back of the knee and becomes a Baker’s Cyst. The swelling can become so severe that the cyst in the back of the knee can burst or rupture.

Signs and Symptoms Of Baker’s Cyst

Swelling or bump at the back of the knee, and possibly in the leg and calf muscle
Stiffness when extending or bending your leg
Knee pain or a feeling of tightness

Dr. Mangold’s Class IV Laser Knee Program

The Class IV Laser is at the heart of our treatment program. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for knee pain from a Baker’s Cyst. It addresses the root of the problem causing the Baker’s Cyst. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments.

Dr. Mangold & Hankins program utilizes the latest FDA Cleared Lasers, and combines them with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles around the knee joint, and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function of the knee.

Dr. Mangold & Hankins have been treating sports injuries for over 30 years and have been helping people suffering from various knee conditions during that time. Patients seek his advice and care if they want to avoid knee surgery or if their knee surgery was unsuccessful. They have treated patients suffering from mild to severe arthritis, bursitis, Baker’s cyst, meniscal tears, tendonitis, chondromalacia patella, and failed knee surgery.