Prolotherapy for Baker’s cystOctober 22, 2013 October 22, 2013
A Baker’s cyst (or Popliteal cyst – meaning “back of the knee” cyst), develops when the knee becomes unstable and weakened through meniscal (cartilage tear) or developing arthritis. As inflammation in the knee develops, fluid collects; the synovial sac expands and pushes its way into the back of the knee.
Typical treatment for a Baker’s cyst can range from resting the knee to aspiration. In cases where the cyst is causing pressure on the nerves of the knee or general discomfort, aspiration is performed to drain the fluid. This is usually followed by an anti-inflammatory for swelling. Most doctors will advise their patients that this is a temporary fix and that it is very likely the cyst will return. Ironically, it is the treatment that causes the Cyst to return.
Baker’s cyst form as a response to damage in the knee. Aspiration, anti-inflammatories, or arthroscopy to remove portions of damaged cartilage or meniscus does not fix the problem causing the cyst, it accelerates the problem.
When a Baker’s cyst is recurring, that means the knee is trying, through inflammation to stabilize the knee – the swelling acts as a pad and brace. When the swelling is removed, the natural response to fixing the problem is removed. The cause of the swelling – damage to the soft tissue, a bone on bone situation – is allowed to continue. It is only a matter of time before the knee is arthritic.
Prolotherapy for Baker’s cyst
Our treatment plan for knee, joint injuries and chronic pain is unique when compared to other practices. We have specialized, since 1999, in the non-surgical treatment of joint injuries, using techniques such as prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, and stem cell therapy to regenerate joint tissue. In the case of Baker’s cysts we use these techniques to bring stability back to the knee by strengthening the supportive tissue.
In the video below – Dr. Greenberg explains