Dr Oz: Is A Baker’s Cyst Causing Your Knee Pain? + Self Test

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Dr Oz: New Reason For Your Knee Pain

Dr Oz: Is A Baker's Cyst Causing Your Knee Pain? + Self Test

Dr Oz explained how something called a Baker’s cyst could be the real reason for your knee pain and how to be sure. (oneras / flickr)

Dr Oz called down his Assistant of the Day to help him reveal the real reason for your chronic knee pain. She shared that she tore her ACL a couple years ago while marching and never had surgery. Dr Oz then examined her knees, explaining that he wanted to look at the back of her legs. He showed the knee crease and the fullness right above it. He explained that he was looking for what’s called a Baker’s cyst.

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A Baker’s cyst is a problem for one in three people with knee pain.

Dr Oz: What Is A Baker’s Cyst?

Dr Oz shared that in a normal knee, there is a little bit of fluid that helps to cushion the knee and acts as a lubricant to make movement easier. If you have a little inflammation, it can result in swelling. Extra weight, wear and tear, and exercise can all contribute to swelling. Eventually it will become so inflamed that fluid will drain out of the cyst, and gravity will pull that fluid down toward your feet.

When that happens, it will lead to what looks like a bruise in your foot, below the ankle bone, causing a pretty good amount of discomfort. Dr Oz explained that they use a compression stocking around the knee, to put pressure on the bulge that is coming out from the back of your knee.

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Dr Oz said the good news is that the Baker’s cyst will typically go away. If it continues to be a problem, see a doctor.

Dr Oz: Prevent Baker’s Cyst + Self Test

Dr Oz said you can prevent it from happening in the first place by losing weight, because weight can contribute to a lot of joint issues overall. If you eat the right foods, you can also reduce inflammation.

To diagnose whether you have a Baker’s cyst, take a flashlight and shine it through the bulge at the back of your knee. If the light shines through, it’s likely a Baker’s cyst, but if it doesn’t shine through, it could be something more serious, like an aneurysm.

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