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Baker's Cysts and Alternative Medicine

Posted by Safiya on March 28, 2000 at 09:18:36:

I've read almost all of the archives and recent posts on baker's cysts. I'm confused (some say they come and go, but you've said once you have it, the only way to get rid of it is with surgery). Are there no alternative treatments available (e.g., acupuncture?). If something else is causing the condition, and it will just reoccur after surgery unless you resolve the originating problem HOW DO YOU ID THE ORIG PROBLEM? Doctors seem pretty limited in how they treat this (remove the cyst, end of story) - whereas you seem to advocate a more holistic approach. How can I steer my doc in a constructive direction? Thanks.



Re: Baker's Cysts and Alternative Medicine. ARCHIVE under Baker's cyst.

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 31, 2000 at 16:47:55:

In Reply to: Baker's Cysts and Alternative Medicine posted by Safiya on March 28, 2000 at 09:18:36:

Hi, Safiya.

Bajer's Cysts are caused by a rupture in the synovial sac of the knee joint, caused by increased pressure in that joint due to bracing. Until the rip in the capsule is identified (which is necessary for the neck of the cyst to be identified)and sutured closed, fluid will continue to leak from the rip. The problem is that although all docs know this, most surgeons only identify the neck of the cyst and remove that. It is a crime that, when they are right there, they do not just put a couple of sutures in the rip.

Since the rip was caused by bracing in the first place, without showing people how to reduce the pressure in the joint, what is there to prevent recurrence??? Remember, in the beginning, even an intact joint capsule was not enough to keep the pressure from rupturing through and forming a Baker's. How is a capsule, weakened by an actual unrepaired rip going to keep another from forming OR allow the unrepaired rip to heal itself??

SO, people with a Baker's MIGHT heal it just by getting rid of the bracing. Most do not though, which is why I say surgery.

Humans are NOT machines! So, a few will go away if the person does nothing. A few will have recurrence even if the surgeon repairs the rip AND the individual does SR regulary and gets rid of the bracing. MOST people will fall somewhere between those levels of management.

HOWEVER, if I had a Baker's, I would read the archives about arthritis and bracing and do SR regularly. Those who do less will have a correspondingly lower success rate.

Walt



Re: Baker's Cysts and Alternative Medicine. ARCHIVE under Baker's cyst.

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 31, 2000 at 16:48:22:

In Reply to: Baker's Cysts and Alternative Medicine posted by Safiya on March 28, 2000 at 09:18:36:

Hi, Safiya.

Bajer's Cysts are caused by a rupture in the synovial sac of the knee joint, caused by increased pressure in that joint due to bracing. Until the rip in the capsule is identified (which is necessary for the neck of the cyst to be identified)and sutured closed, fluid will continue to leak from the rip. The problem is that although all docs know this, most surgeons only identify the neck of the cyst and remove that. It is a crime that, when they are right there, they do not just put a couple of sutures in the rip.

Since the rip was caused by bracing in the first place, without showing people how to reduce the pressure in the joint, what is there to prevent recurrence??? Remember, in the beginning, even an intact joint capsule was not enough to keep the pressure from rupturing through and forming a Baker's. How is a capsule, weakened by an actual unrepaired rip going to keep another from forming OR allow the unrepaired rip to heal itself??

SO, people with a Baker's MIGHT heal it just by getting rid of the bracing. Most do not though, which is why I say surgery.

Humans are NOT machines! So, a few will go away if the person does nothing. A few will have recurrence even if the surgeon repairs the rip AND the individual does SR regulary and gets rid of the bracing. MOST people will fall somewhere between those levels of management.

HOWEVER, if I had a Baker's, I would read the archives about arthritis and bracing and do SR regularly. Those who do less will have a correspondingly lower success rate.

Walt



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