Musculoskeletal Pain

Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a sac fluid-filled lump below the surface of the skin that appears near joints and tendons capsules. The word “ganglion” means knot and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface of the skin.

  • Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the foot
  • Ganglion cysts can occur in patients of all ages. While their cause is unknown, the cysts may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation, arthritis, mechanical changes or injury
  • Cysts may vary in size, may get smaller and larger, and may even disappear completely.

• A noticeable lump
• Tingling / burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve
• Dull pain, which indicate the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint
• Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and the shoe
• If the cyst puts pressure on the nerves that pass through the joint, they can cause pain, tingling and muscle weakness.