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TOP 5 EXERCISES FOR A BAKER'S CYST

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#1

Hamstring Stretch

The hamstrings run along the back of your thigh and attach around the knee. Stretching these muscles helps alleviate tightness and pain associated with Baker's cysts.

#2

Calf Stretch

The calf musculature actually attaches just above the knee joint. Stretching these muscles reduces the localized discomfort of a Baker's cyst.

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#3

VMO Strength

This exercise targets the Vastus Medialis Obliquus or "VMO." It is a critical knee stabilizer that weakens when swelling is present in the knee, leading to buckling and instability.

#4

Range of Motion

A Baker's cyst causes swelling behind the knee, restricting range-of-motion and causing discomfort. This exercise methodically and safely addresses this restriction.

#5

Quadriceps Strength

The quadriceps are key to activities such as getting out of chairs smoothly and without pain. This exercise strengthens the quads without exacerbating the swelling associated with a Baker's cyst.

BONUS

Knee Icing

Excessive swelling restricts knee range of motion, inhibits the knee musculature and slows the healing process. Icing correctly is extremely beneficial for reducing localized swelling and facilitating healing.

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