Diseases & Conditions

Baker Cyst

Prevention & Expectations

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Most cases cannot be prevented. Sports safety guidelines should be followed for children, adolescents, and adults.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

The cyst can rupture, causing pain and swelling in the calf. The cyst can also slowly get bigger, which may worsen symptoms. This is especially common in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The cyst is not a cancer and is not life-threatening.

What are the risks to others?

There are no risks to others, as this condition is not contagious.