Conditions, such as a meniscus injury, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis, may cause an influx of synovial fluid in the knee. This excess fluid often ends up in the bursa in the back of the knee, causing a Baker’s Cyst to occur. Over time, the build-up may become as large as a golf ball.
What is it?
A Baker’s Cyst is the filling up of fluid in the bursa in the back of the knee, causing the bursa to bulge.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include pain in the back of the knee, swelling or prominence at the back of the knee, a feeling of pressure in the joint, and difficulty bending the knee.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, observing swelling and palpation for a noticeable bump, testing for strength and range of motion limitations, and collecting subjective patient history information.
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