Ganglion Cyst Specialist in Spartanburg, SC, Duncan, SC, and Greenville, SC

What is a Ganglion Cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a swelling or lump usually found near joints and tendons in the feet, ankles, hands, or wrists. These cysts contain a gel-like fluid and can vary from small to large. Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is often unknown, they may form due to irritation or injury to the joints or tendons. While these cysts are generally harmless and may disappear independently, they can sometimes cause pain or discomfort, mainly if they press on nearby nerves.

Treatment options include observation, aspiration (removing the fluid with a needle), or surgical removal if the cyst is causing significant symptoms. Cysts are usually symptomless and do not cause any problems. However, it may be challenging to move the hand or wrist without discomfort or pain if symptoms occur. It is recommended that an appointment with a hand specialist at Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates be scheduled as soon as possible.

What Causes Ganglion Cysts?

The exact cause of ganglion cysts is not always clear. However, ganglion cysts typically develop near joints or tendons, particularly in areas with repetitive stress or irritation. Some potential causes and contributing factors may include:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Joint or tendon degeneration
  • Inflammation
  • Synovial fluid imbalance
  • Genetic predisposition

It’s important to note that while these factors may contribute to the formation of ganglion cysts, the exact cause can vary from person to person, and in many cases, the cause remains unknown.

How do I Get Rid of a Ganglion Cyst?

Do not attempt home remedies to get rid of the ganglion cyst. Our board-certified orthopedic specialists recommend managing uncomfortable symptoms with a warm compress, counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and avoiding activities that aggravate the area.

Consult with your orthopedic specialist to discuss treating a ganglion cyst. If it’s small and painless, your CONA provider may recommend monitoring it. If the cyst is causing discomfort or interfering with joint movement, corticosteroid injection or aspiration may help. If conservative treatments don’t work, surgical removal may be considered.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment and Diagnosis with Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates

At Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates (CONA), our team of orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals experiencing symptoms associated with ganglion cysts. Whether through observation, aspiration, or surgical intervention, we aim to alleviate discomfort and restore optimal function to affected joints and tendons. If you suspect you have a ganglion cyst or are experiencing related symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our experts for personalized evaluation and treatment recommendations. Trust CONA to guide you toward relief and recovery from ganglion cysts.

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