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5 Things You Need to Know About Baker's Cysts

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5 Things You Need to Know About Baker's Cysts
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Baker's cysts are also known as popliteal cysts. The popliteal area is the area behind the knee. It is bordered by the hamstring muscles above and the calf muscles below. It is an important space because it contains the major artery, vein and nerves to your leg. Baker's cysts are simple cysts that form in this space. You may be able to feel the swelling in this area, or you may feel a fullness when you bend your knee or squat. They generally occur on the medial (towards the other knee) side of the popliteal space. They arise between the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle and the semimembranosus muscle.

Baker's cysts are also known as popliteal cysts. The popliteal area is the area behind the knee. It is bordered by the hamstring muscles above and the calf muscles below. It is an important space because it contains the major artery, vein and nerves to your leg. Baker's cysts are simple cysts that form in this space. You may be able to feel the swelling in this area, or you may feel a fullness when you bend your knee or squat. They generally occur on the medial (towards the other knee) side of the popliteal space. They arise between the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle and the semimembranosus muscle.

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