Diagnosing a Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are usually harmless and often do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes cause pain, discomfort, or limited range of motion if they press on a nerve or interfere with joint movement. In some cases, ganglion cysts may go away on their own without treatment.

If they do cause symptoms or become bothersome, treatment options may include draining the fluid from the cyst, injecting a corticosteroid medication into the cyst to reduce inflammation, or surgical removal of the cyst.

It is important to consult with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations for ganglion cysts. At BEST Health System, we have witnessed the impact of patient education, patient advocacy and patient conscent for any procedure, operation, or treatment. 

How To Diagnose A Ganglion Cyst

 To help you better understand how physicians diagnose patients who have the condition, ganglion cyst, here’s what doctors are looking for:

  1. Medical History

When considering what type of condition a patient is dealing with, before a diagnoses for a ganglion cyst, it is standard procedure to  discussing your medical history. Reviewing patient medical history can help a doctor determine if their is a predisposition toward certain illnesses or issues among the patients or within family history.

Details such as whether a patient has allergies or preexisting conditions that would cause a negative response to certain therapies. 

  1. Cyst Exam

To determine if a patient has a ganglion cyst a physical examination on the cyst. This includes shining a light to test if the cyst is see-through or has any liquid in it. Typically ganglion cyst are filled with clear liquid. The physician will also put pressure on the lumb and check for hardness or tender areas. 

 Three perform a careful physical exam for shine a light to test for translations. If the light shines through the cyst it’s a good way to confirm and diagnose that it is a ganglion cyst. Order diagnostic testing. Diagnostic imagery may be needed to rule out another condition or identify whether a ganglion cyst is present beneath the skin.

  1. Discuss Symptoms

The doctors will ask how the symptoms are affecting daily activities, and to learn about how long the growth has been on the body. 

It is important for him or her to determine whether it is causing pain or interfering with daily activities. If treatment is necessary, such as surgical removal, its important to find out about lifestyle, movement, or difficulty is causes to see how serious the condition is on the body. 

Treatment With BEST Health System 

Surgery becomes a consideration if a patient attempts weeks or months of treatment without finding the relief necessary for a good quality of life. If you are in this situation, consider contacting BEST Health System. Our doctors perform a range of treatment and specialize in all sorts of care. 

Our doctors also focused on: 

  • Painful Diabetic Neuropaphy
  • Chronic Back Pain 
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Chronic Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

And many other conditions. 

Contact us today to learn how our treatments and outpatient procedures can help you find relief with your condition by filling out a patient form today.