WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A Baker's cyst, or popliteal cyst, is a bulging lump behind your knee. Inside the lump is a sac filled with fluid.
- NSAIDs: NSAIDs may be given to decrease swelling and pain. This medicine can be bought without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if they are not taken correctly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.
Care for your knee:
- Rest: Limit movement as your knee heals. This will help decrease the risk of more damage to your knee. You may need crutches to take weight off your injured knee. Use crutches as directed.
- Ice: Ice your knee to help decrease swelling and pain. Use an ice pack or put ice in a plastic bag. Cover the ice pack with a towel and place it on your knee for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times each day. Do this for 2 to 3 days.
- Support: Support your knee by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. Ask your primary healthcare provider if you need a brace for more support. This will help decrease swelling and movement so your knee can heal.
- Elevate: Use pillows to raise your knee above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- Your pain does not improve with medicine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have a fever.
- You have severe pain.
- You have bruising on the ankle below the cyst.
- Your calf turns blue below the cyst.
- Your leg and calf are swollen and tender below the cyst.
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