Q: What is a ganglion cyst?
A: A ganglion cyst is a buildup of fluid under the skin, and although they can occur anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the wrist, feet, or ankles.
Q: What are the symptoms of a ganglion cyst?
A: The most common symptoms of a ganglion cyst include:
- A firm, round lump under the skin.
- Joint pain around the affected area.
- Swelling, numbness, and muscle weakness surrounding the cyst.
Q: What causes a ganglion cyst?
A: The cause is not known at this time.
Q: How is a ganglion cyst diagnosed?
A: A licensed medical professional will perform a thorough examination may involve any of the following:
- Moving the joint around the cyst while performing a visual inspection.
- An ultrasound of the affected area.
- An MRI of the joint where the cyst is located.
Q: How is a ganglion cyst treated.
A: While, some ganglion cysts pose no threat and will go away on their own, some require one or more of the following treatment methods:
- Aspiration, or draining, of the cyst to decrease inflammation and reduce pain.
- A steroid injection directly into the cyst.
- Surgical removal of the cyst.
Q: What can I do to manage the symptoms?
A: Your medical professional will likely suggest one of the following:
- Hand therapy designed to help improve movement and reduce pain.
- A protective splint that will limit movement and shrink the cyst.
- If surgery is required, proper wound care will prevent tissue damage and reduce pain and swelling.
Q: When should I seek professional care?
A: Seek the assistance of a medical professional if you experience any of the following:
- You are experience pain, numbness, or limited motion in the affected joint.
- The limb containing a cyst gets stiff, unstable, numb, or weak.
- A previously treated cyst returns or grows.
- Your pain is ongoing after treatment.
If you have any questions, or have any reason to believe you are suffering from a ganglion cyst located in your wrist, contact the medical professionals at Michigan Hand and Wrist today to schedule an appointment.