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Baker's Cyst-running injury

Posted by
Steve on October 16, 2003 at 17:08:49:

I thought share my experience, since I found this website helpful. I'm an on & off runner and had a funny rubbing feeling in my right knee when treadmill running back in June 02. I ran through the pain about 15 minutes> (Ihad this same symptom a fews years ago and stopped running and had no further problems, so I figured it would not cause any major problems)
This time, I started having pain and stiffness in the back of the knee whenever I was walking, standing, driving(mostly braking). It took 6 months to see a doctor, who ordered an MRI (showed effusion) he suggested RICE. No success, then a cortisone shot-with no success. Then the doc suggested another MRI of my back to rule out spinal stenosis.
New doctor...says try physical therapy 6 weeks. Then scoped the knee removed medial meniscal tear and excised plica...said I'll be back up and running in no time. Then I'll be better in a month, then another month, then three months.
Back to the doc today and very frustrated. I've noticed no change in symptoms post op. Doc notes my frustration and beleives I have a baker's cyst. He wants to have another MRI to make sure he didn't miss an injury or that another one occured and will then likely try a shot of cortizone. I'm reluctant to keep shooting drugs in my knee if there is a real problem. He did say that it is possible that surgery on the cyst will be required, but get the MRI before we do anything drastic. He convinces me that he may have a cure for me yet, but I may soon look for a new surgeon if he thinks cortizone is the answer.



Re: Baker's Cyst-running injury

Posted by Happygal on October 16, 2003 at 21:52:46:

In Reply to: Baker's Cyst-running injury posted by Steve on October 16, 2003 at 17:08:49:

Hi Steve,

Can't say for sure what you've got, but did you ever get any deep tissue massage around your knee to see if that would help? Unfortunately, doctor's don't always know much about muscle problems and sometimes they are so busy looking for the complicated stuff they miss the simple stuff like hypertense muscles.

Personally, if I were you, I'd try EVERYTHING alternative I could possibly try before even talking to a surgeon (even the thought makes me shudder) or getting cortisone shots. Try acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, etc.

Read about baker's cysts in the archives of this website to learn a lot about them, in case you actually do have one. I'm not totally convinced.

Best wishes,
Happygal (Certified Massage Therapist/Holistic Practitioner)

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Re: Baker's Cyst-running injury (Archive in knee.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 17, 2003 at 08:29:38:

In Reply to: Baker's Cyst-running injury posted by Steve on October 16, 2003 at 17:08:49:

Hi, Steve.

Listen to Happygal.

If I had your situation I would ONLY do stretching and underwater exercises. See the bracing, Rolfing and the knee archives.

Also you might take a look at Dennis Denlinger's book about feet (links page).

You would also be a good candidate for some preventive glucosamine and omega 3s.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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