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All you need to know Synovial cyst of popliteal space


Synovial cyst of popliteal space is a liquid filled cyst that causes a lump and a feeling of stiffness behind your knee. The pain deteriorates when you completely flex or expand your knee or when you're doing some activity.

Baker’s cysts (also known as popliteal) normally occurs due to a problem which affects the knee joint such as arthritis or a cartilage injury. [1]

- Can be diagnosed with a physical test
- If symptoms indicate towards a serious condition then the doctor may order some imaging tests
- Normally, disappears on its own, in case of large cysts, doctor may prescribe some treatment.
- Medium-term resolves within months.

A lubricating liquid known as synovial liquid enables your leg to swing easily and decreases friction between the moving parts of your knee.
In any case, the knee sometimes produces excessively synovial liquid, bringing about development of liquid in a region on the back of your knee (popliteal bursa), causing a Baker's cyst.


- Swelling behind the knee and in the leg at times.
- Pain areas- in and around the knee
- Stiffness and limited area of motion
- Bruising on the knee


Self-care: Over-the-counter pain-relieving medications help. Try limiting your physical activity.
Medication: The doctor may inject a corticosteroid medication into the knee to reduce inflammation.
Specialists: The fluid from the knee joint may be drained.
Compression wraps help too.
For other concerns, consult an orthopedic physician.
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