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Taking care of a wrist ganglion

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A ganglion cyst is an extra fluid from a joint or a tendon and usually found around the area of the hand and wrist. It can be symptoms of an irritation in the ligaments, tendon or joints. It looks like a water balloon or a stem that is filled with a clear fluid or gel. Women are more susceptible to develop ganglion cysts in the wrist than with men.


  • Usually happens in people participating in strenuous activities using the hand such as gymnastics or meat cutting.
  • Stress or trauma at the joints of the wrist
  • Recurring wrist injuries
  • Structural imperfections in the tissues of the joint
  • Accumulation of synovial fluids between the joints and eventually result to a lump on the weak part of the tissue.
    wrist ganglion

    Irregular pain in the wrist or sometimes no pain can be felt.

Symptoms of wrist ganglion

  • Irregular pain in the wrist or sometimes no pain can be felt.
  • Swelling
  • Severe pain with activity or moving the affected joint
  • Tingling, weakness or numbness sensations when the cyst is compressing a nerve or a tendon.
  • The cysts can develop slowly or grows very fast
  • Disappears or becomes enlarged and form again at a later date


  • Apply a warm compress on the affected area for proper flow of blood and for fast fluid drainage. It lessens the pain and the swelling. Soak a clean wash cloth in warm water, wring excess water and then apply it directly on the affected for at least 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times every until the cyst totally disappears.
  • Black tea is rich with anti-inflammatory properties and lessens the swelling and the pain. Soak a black tea bag in warm water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out some water. Apply the warm and moist tea bag on the area for at least 10 minute. Repeat the process several times every day for several days.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the swelling and the pain.
  • Wear the prescribed wrist splint to lessen the pain and for fast healing of the condition.
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