Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Ganglion Cyst

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A Ganglion Cyst is a bulge or swelling overlying a joint capsule or tendon sheath.  They can occur anywhere in the body but are most common in the wrist & hand.



  1. Gender:  Females > Males (3:1)
  2. Age: any age, 70% occur between age 15-35, rare to develop after age 50



  1. Patient may have complaint of wrist pain.  Consistent achiness/tenderness, increased pain with use
  2. Possible history of injury or repetitive wrist activity
  3. Many times occur spontaneously and are from an unknown cause



  1. Usually visible swelling or mass over tendons/ligaments (not always visible)
  2. Characteristic local bulge
  3. Fixed to the deep tissue, not to the skin



  1. Often no treatment is required as they are usually cosmetic with occasional transient pain.  This is usually not disabling.
  2. Symptomatic relief for inflammation & pain; PRICE (protect, rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  3. Non-operative (usually transient result, recurrence is common – 30%-60%)
    1. Compressive wrap; button treatment – tape a button over the ganglion to apply pressure on the ganglion for several weeks.  Yet there is a strong likelihood of reoccurrence (careful not to compress the nerve or damage the skin)
  4. Operative (recurrence rate of 5%-15%)
    1. Excision (ganglionectomy of cyst & splint
    2. Range of motion exercises are encouraged to restore wrist & finger mobility after surgery



  1. Recurrence rate is very common
  2. Lower recurrence with surgery
  3. Asymptomatic ganglion cysts should be left alone

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