NYC Ganglion Cysts Diagnosis & Pain Management Specialist Doctors

At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll receive a proper the Ganglion cysts diagnosis, pain management, and the medical care you need to reduce or eliminate your Ganglion cysts pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, age, sporting injury, or ailment — you want  pain relief quickly. Appropriate and targeted Ganglion cysts pain management and treatment starts with a proper diagnosis from your NYC pain management specialist doctor.

Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts got their nickname, “Bible bump,” because in years gone by, doctors told their patients to simply “smash it with a bible,” to get rid of the unsightly bump. Your NYC pain management doctor wouldn’t tell you that today because you could make matters worse if you hit it too hard. Plus, you could break the bones in your hand (which happened often in the old days).

Ganglion cysts are really very common masses that can appear on your hands, most often on the back of your wrist. They can show up in other places too, such as on your fingers or knuckles.  They also can range from being just small bumps to large bumps that feel like you have a bubble under your skin.

Ganglion Cyst Composition

Ganglion cysts are composed of fluid that drains from nearby joints into your hands or wrist. The excess fluid coming out of the joints gathers in a pouch, which leaves you with the bump or cyst.

Very little is known about the origin of ganglion cysts; sometimes you see them when you have arthritis or any other kind of joint inflammation. They may be genetic. Some people credit the origin of a cyst from a direct hit or trauma to the hands, although there are no clinical findings to support this claim.

Occasional Pain

Typically, there’s very little pain associated with a ganglion cyst, but when they’re located on the back of your wrist, you may be inclined to seek treatment from a Manhattan pain management specialist because it can limit your activity options. If you do yoga or pushups regularly, for example, a ganglion cyst will hurt when you push on it with your wrists bent. Ganglion cysts on your fingertips can limit your ability to hold things, type on a keyboard or write with a pen.

A large cyst may press on nerves and tendons, making it become increasingly painful. One kind of ganglion cyst that develops on the first joint below your nail can reduce the blood flow to the nail and lead to ridges on your nail or other deformities in the finger.

Treatment Options

Ganglion cysts aren’t cancerous and therefore not likely to cause additional problems. Most of the time, they go away by themselves with no intervention. Modifying your activities until it disappears may be the only treatment you need to do.  You can splint or wrap it until it disappears, while over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen can help as well.

Your pain management doctor may suggest draining the cyst if you want more immediate relief. Surgery is one way to get rid of the cyst permanently, but in about 20 percent of the cases of surgical removal, the cyst returned later. Either way, once you are prone to ganglion cysts, the chance of reoccurrence is highly likely, bible or no bible.

Get the Relief You Need

Your NYC Ganglion cysts pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your Ganglion cysts diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your Ganglion cysts pain management and treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.

Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010
(212) 533-3954