Inujred knee, still pain after a month, possible baker cyst
Patient :My girlfriend fell and injured her knee. She thought it would just heal on it's own. After three weeks it seemed to get worse; at least the pain did. So, I took her to the hospital. They did an xray and an ultrasound. They determined it was not a break/fracture and that she didn't have a blood clot. After the injury my girlfriend developed a bump on the back of her knew, which she looked up and figured it was a baker cyst. She mentioned it in the ER and they said they didn't see a baker cyst. They told her she need to see a Orthopedic doctor. She scheduled an appointed and went to see him. He concluded that it was a bad contusion. She forgot to mention the bump on the back of her knee and he never checked. Now, my questions is, would a baker cyst represent a worse injury than a contusion or can a contusion cause a baker cyst? Also, if it's not a baker cyst could it be something else? The doctor also gave her a cortisone shot and told her to do some exercises. She doesn't have insurance. Thanks for the help.
Symptoms: Pain when she walks and when she bends her leg. Stiffness while trying to bend her knee. Knee bends to a certain point and then too painful to go any further.
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A Baker's cyst is a benign swelling in the knee. It usually occurs at the back of the knee and between 2 muscles. One muscle is on the top of the knee and one muscle is below the knee.
The cyst is also benign and does not need much medication. Also, since I cannot confirm that you have a Baker's cyst, I think it is best to try home remedies and general strategies to reduce the swelling. If this is not a Baker's cyst, then it would most likely be a soft tissue injury.
Here are a few things you can try which will help in both cases:
Rest the knee and avoid walking as much as possible. A gentle massage will help as well
Ice the area of the swelling for 15 minutes at a time every hour
Start on Analgesics like Ibuprofen 2 times a day to help you with he swelling.
Try this for 5 days, and feel free to follow up.
All the best and hope this helps you.
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