Ganglion Cysts Are One of the Many Conditions Treated at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, Office
Ganglion cysts are a common occurrence, accounting for approximately half of the soft tissue tumors found in hands. Although these cysts are not harmful, in that they are not cancerous and do not spread to other areas of the body, they can sometimes cause pain or decreased range of motion. The experts at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, location have experience treating these cysts and can help to restore your function and relieve your pain.
Ganglion cysts are round sacs of thick liquid or gel-like material, usually less than an inch in diameter, that grow from the tissues surrounding a joint, including joint linings, tendon sheaths, and ligaments. These cysts can develop over any joint, but often occur over the wrist joint, on the back side of the hand. Although the cause of these cysts is still unknown, there are certain risk factors that make someone more likely to develop them, including the following:
- Sex — Women are more likely than men to develop ganglion cysts.
- Age — The majority of these cysts develop in people aged 20 to 40, although mucous cysts (those located on a finger’s end joint, near the cuticle) are more common in females aged 40 to 70.
- Occupation/hobbies — People whose occupation or hobbies require them to repeatedly place stress on certain joints are more likely to develop ganglion cysts over those joints.
- Medical history — People who have injured certain tendons or joints in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts in those areas. Additionally, people with osteoarthritis in their fingers’ end joints are more likely to develop cysts over those joints.
The experts at our Reno, NV, office have extensive experience treating ganglion cysts. Because these cysts can sometimes disappear by themselves, you may not require any further treatment whatsoever. If a persistent cyst causes you pain or interferes with your range of motion, however, we generally recommend that patients first attempt a conservative course of treatment, potentially involving anti-inflammatory medication, immobilization using a splint or a brace, and strengthening exercises. We may also recommend aspiration, a procedure in which we drain the fluid from a cyst using a syringe. If these methods do not bring relief, or if your cyst recurs following treatment, we may recommend surgery to remove the cyst and a portion of the connected joint tissue.
If you suspect that you may have ganglion cysts, we encourage you to make an appointment at our Reno, NV, location so that one of our experts can diagnose your condition and help you formulate a plan of treatment.