What is Ganglion Cyst?

Most commonly appearing in the back of the hand, at the wrist joint. The ganglion cysts also appear at the ankles, feet, knees and fingers.

It consists of noncancerous lump and these cysts have a colorless, sticky, jellylike material inside of them. They may feel firm or spongy depending on their size and location.

These ganglion cysts should go away on their own after sometime, but if it doesn’t your medical doctor should try to drain or remove it surgically if it is necessary.

Causes and symptoms

It is not known what may cause these ganglion cysts. But they are common to appear in people from 15 to 40 years old, and it’s more probable to appear in women.

Some ganglions that appear at the end of the fingers are known as mucous cysts, and are common to appear in women between 40 to 70 years old.

Ganglion cysts can also occur in the joints of athletes, known that the consistency of impacts can make these cysts get bigger.

Knowing  that in most cases the ganglion cysts may not cause harm apart from the appearance of a mass, in some cases it can cause pain, muscle weakness and tingling by pressing the nerves of the joints.

Treatments for Ganglion cysts

These ganglion cysts often disappear on their own, as said before, but in some cases they don’t. Here we will list some of the treatments, surgery and non surgery:

  • Keeping the affected area with the minimum of movement possible, as this may help the cysts to shrink.
  • Using braces for the affected area, to stop it from moving, and helping in the disappearing of the cysts.
  • Some medical doctors may try to drain the fluid off with a syringe, but sometimes the cysts grow back because the source of it was not removed.
  • There is also the possibility of removing the ganglion cyst surgically, which will remove it completely, ending the problems it may cause.

Can ganglion cysts be prevented?

There is no knowledge in how to prevent ganglion cysts from appearing. If you are prone to developing this kind of condition, it will appear once in a while.

That being said, if you already have this condition, the best answer is always to reach for your doctor and seek help for the treatment.

If you feel any discomfort, pain or any kind of problem that could be related to a ganglion cyst. You should arrange an appointment with our specialists here at Pathak Podiatry to receive the right treatment for your condition. 

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