- Arthritis—osteoarthritis is the most common type associated with Baker's cysts
- Cartilage tears, such as a torn meniscus
- Injury or accidents
- Infection in joint
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- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Infectious arthritis
- Past knee injuries or cartilage tears
- History of corticosteroid injection around the knee
- Previous knee surgery
- Knee synovitis
- Rounded swelling behind the knee that may get bigger with activity
- Pain or pressure in the back of the knee joint—may travel to the calf muscle
- Aching or tenderness after exercise and bending the knee
- Medications to relieve pain and inflammation such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy to help strengthen muscles around the knee
- Steroid injection
- Draining excess knee fluid
- Surgery—to remove large cysts or repair related knee injuries
Ortho Info— American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
Sports Med—American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/17/2013 -
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