Ganglion Cyst | Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a growth found on the top or bottom of the wrist, typically near the wrist joint. Although the cyst may not pose initial problems, pain can become noticeable if the cyst is too close to the joint and restricts normal movement. Treatment options for a troublesome cyst can vary. Look to OCO to create a customized treatment plan that gets you back in the action.

Ganglion cysts arise from the capsule of a joint or the sheath of a tendon. They are most commonly found at different places on the wrist. A ganglion cyst that grows on the top of the wrist is called a dorsal ganglion.

A ganglion cyst contains a thick, clear, mucus-like fluid similar to the fluid found in the joint. The triggers of formation of a ganglion are not always known.

Initial treatment of a ganglion cyst  typically involves avoiding activities which cause pain, oral or topical medications, and even splinting. A procedure called aspiration may be needed to drain the fluid from the cyst.

Although surgery is not typically the first step, surgical intervention may be needed to remove the cyst.

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