Dr. Oz: Hidden Sources of Knee Pain
Dr. Oz talked about a hidden source of knee pain. He called down an Assistant of the Day named Diana, who was very excited to help. Diana said she gets knee pain sometimes, because she tore her ACL a few years ago in a marching band performance. She never had the surgery to fix it.
Dr. Oz: What is a Baker’s Cyst?
Dr. Oz said some people develop problems due to wear and tear on their knees like that. Most people have a nice, even crease in the bend of the knee. But one in three people with knee problems had a lump there, distorting the even line. This is a common problem called Baker’s Cyst. Most people have never looked at their knee bends.
Naturally, we have fluid buildup in our knees that let us walk around freely and bend our knees. But if we have inflammation there from overuse, that can cause more fluid buildup there. As more and more wear and tear happens, the fluid can actually erupt. This fluid can then run down the bone to the foot, where they’ll appear as a dark purple spot or line just beneath the bony part of the ankle, called a “crescent sign.”
Although these Baker’s Cysts are annoying, they’re usually not damaging. To treat them, you have to use a compression stocking on your knee to put pressure on the bulge. This will help the swelling go away and the bulge will go down. If it doesn’t, then it becomes a concern and you should talk to your doctor.
Dr. Oz: Diagnosing a Baker’s Cyst
To diagnose whether you have a Baker’s Cyst when you see a lump in that spot, shine a flashlight through the lump. You should be able to see the light on the other side. This means it’s a Baker’s Cyst. If you don’t see anything and it’s opaque, it could be something else like a tumor, an aneurysm, or other things. That means you should go to the doctor right away.