What is a Baker’s Cyst?

One of the more common conditions of the knee include popliteal cysts, also colloquially known as Baker’s cysts. This condition consists of stiffness and irritation on the back of the knee caused by a fluid-filled lump. Baker’s Cysts name comes from Dr. William Morrant Baker, the surgeon who first described them in the 1800’s.

Problems inside the knee joint such as arthritis or a torn meniscus can cause the body to produce excess fluid in the area, which can lead to the growth of a cyst. Most patients with Baker’s cysts can deal with them non-surgically, simply by taking anti-inflammatory medication and changing up their activities. In some cases, the cyst can even heal on its own with no action needed on behalf of the patient.