Our expert says:
Dear Painful knee
If the Baker's cyst is the result of either a cartilage tear or arthritis, treatment of these conditions usually relieves the swelling and discomfort.
Many times no treatment is required and the cyst will disapear on its own (no specific time frame).
If the cyst is large and very painful, your doctor can either do a needle aspiration (draining the fluid by inserting a needle), inject some steroids to reduce the swellin or suggest ice compresses and gentle range of motion strengthening exercises.
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