Treatment for ganglion cyst in the wrist
A ganglion cyst is the common lump or mass in the wrist. They are harmless and not cancerous. They can also form in other areas of the body, but they usually form at the back of the wrist. The cyst is filled with fluid, can just disappear, appear and changes in size. The cyst sometimes can result to pain and interferes with movements.
Ganglion cyst is usually oval or round. The small cysts can be the size of a pea and larger ones is about an inch or 2.5 centimeters in diameter. The cyst causes pain when they press a nerve and sometimes interferes with the movements of the joint. It forms on the tissues that surround the joint such as tendons, ligaments, tendon sheaths and also the linings of the joint.
Symptoms of a ganglion cyst
- Usually forms on the tendons or joints of the hands or wrist, and on the ankles and feet. They can also form on nearby joints.
- The cyst becomes large when using the affected area for repetitive movements.
- When pressing on a nerve even if they are small, causes tingling and numbness sensations, pain and weakness of the muscles.
- Wear the prescribed wrist brace or splint to lessen the symptoms and reduce the size of the cysts.
- As pain gradually subsides, perform exercises to strengthen the wrist and restore the range of movements with the help of the physical therapist.
- Apply warm compress on the affected area for proper flow of blood and for fast drainage of the cyst. It will also lessen the swelling and the pain. Immerse a clean towel in warm water and squeeze out the excess water and then place it directly on the cyst for at least 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times throughout the day until the cysts totally disappears.
- If the ganglion cyst causes severe pain and affects the daily activities, the fluid is drained by means of aspiration. The area around the cysts is numbed and the cyst is punctured using a needle so the fluid can drain out.
- Avoid hitting the cyst with any heavy object, to prevent causing damage on the skin.
- Avoid repetitive movements using the affected area.
- Avoid popping the cyst using a needle to prevent development of infections.