Holistic Treatment for Baker’s Cysts

If you have a Baker’s Cyst, you may not know how or why it decided to present itself in your body. The answer is that there could be a whole host of reasons.

Basically, Baker’s Cysts are the result of anything that causes joint swelling, whether that is arthritis, a torn meniscus, or an alignment issue with your femur. This swelling in the joint actually blocks the lymphatic system from cleansing the area like it normally does… this lymph blockage creates a pocket of fluid that turns into a cyst, usually in the back of your knee.

A Baker’s Cyst, if left untreated, can become hard over time and could potentially rupture, turning your cyst into a far more complicated situation.

The conventional medical approach for treating a Baker’s Cyst is to have it drained or removed. This may be the best option if you have had the cyst for a substantial amount of time or if it has turned hard.

A lot of the time, however, the cyst can be addressed without surgery or drainage. If the cyst has presented itself due to an alignment pattern in the knee, then the cyst can be treated holistically.

How the joint lines up with the femur can be the result of a lingering tension pattern from a past injury. If you fix the tension pattern by allowing your knee to be comfortable and create space in the knee joint, the alignment problem and the cyst can be treated at once.

It is possible to avoid unnecessary surgery and pain if you take action early. Not only will you be able to resolve the cyst, you will be able to relieve the tension pattern in your knee that created the cyst in the first place.


  1. Edgardo says:


    Like always, you are a wealth of information, I appreciate your consistent approach in educating the public pertaining to the anatomy of knee and their ailments. Thanks again.

    Edgar Santiago

  2. Nirmal Lodha says:

    My knee gets swelling periodically. How I should get relief from it

  3. We missed the opportunity to talk to you over the phone last month, as offered. We are a family with joints pains, especially the knees : pain from baker’s cyst, boneon bone, and the usual overall knee pain. Could you please recommend what treatments we need and where to get them. With many thanks,


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  5. Christina Davis says:

    I have a baker cyst trying to figure out what is the best way to go

  6. Sundaram Hammond says:

    Isn’t there a poultice one can apply regularly to reduce the swelling of the baker’s cyst? I am sure there are some natural remedies, but no one is mentioning them anywhere. So any ideas?

    • Sundaram – I had a client that was talking about a salve that he found somewhere in Australia to address your specific question. Unfortunately that has not been something I’ve done extensive research on. See if you can find anything out and let me know…Bill

  7. Richard LaVal says:

    A few months ago my Bakers cyst recurred, resulting in a very swollen and painful knee. I had two sessions with a doctor specialized in physical therapy, and she used some type of electro therapy device that applied slight shocks to the cyst area over about 45 minutes. The swelling went down very rapidly and now there is none. However I know this is not a cure for the cyst. I suppose I can expect it to recur again someday.

  8. Britt Blakey says:

    My wife has Baker’s cysts behind both of her knees. She has gained a lot of weight recently and complains that her knees hurt and it feels like her patella is moving or shifting. Would you recommend draining and then the comfort program?

    • Britt – We are definitely on the same page! Although beginning to work with that program initially would not hurt and as a matter of fact might help those Baker’s cysts feel better before getting those drained. Let me know how it goes…Bill

  9. I have a baker’s cyst behind both knees. They’ve come and go over the past year but never bothered me. Over the last month though they’ve reappeared and are hard and stiff. I think I may need them removed. what kind of a doctor does this procedure, and is it something simple? Thanks. I think you said when they get hard, they should be removed??

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Susie,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! to better assist you with your questions, I have contacted you directly at the email provided. Again, thank you for reaching out to us and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi |Customer Service

  10. I have had issues with my right knee for about 6 months now. I’ve had x-rays on both and MRIs on both. Physical therapy and chiropractic have helped minimally. Please help.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Mona!

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I have contacted you directly via email to better assist you with your questions and concerns.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi |Customer Support

  11. I had my meniscus repaired. It was also reported that I have some arthritis in the knee. I have had the baker cyst in the same knee drained twice. It gives me relief for a month but then comes back. It becomes painful after a while. I can’t afford to keep getting it drained. Am I to understand that it will keep coming back because of the arthritis? Is there anything I can do about my cyst?

  12. Maribel says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you can assist. Last year (02/2013) I had knee surgery for 2 tears in my miniscus on the right knee. the pain went away pretty fast, although I kept hearing loud pops on my knee. This past christmas holiday I was doing some dancing games on the Wii and the pain came back. I rested the knee and applied heat and the pain went away. Recently (6-7 weeks) I started walking around a high school track to start an exercise routine. No running. The pain has come back extremely stron and I cannot put any pressue. I have a very large lump in the front of my right knee and if I touch it or push it it does not hurt. Standing up or walking or keeping my knee straight hurts. The pain at times feels like I have a needle going through my knee. If I bend the knee the pain goes away. If I apply ice pads I start to get muscle spasms and it hurts more. Heat help for a short while. What do you suggest or think it may be?

  13. julia logan peterson says:

    Hi Bill,
    I have a bakers cyst on my left knee. It been there about 3yrs or more and its still soft. It very irritable.
    Pls help, thanks


    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Julia,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Say No to Knee Replacement is a great program for Bakers cyst. Say No To Knee Pain Replacement will help you completely eliminate your knee pain. It is the distillation of the past 15 years of study and working with clients of the most effective holistic approach to eliminating chronic knee pain and setting up the conditions so your body can heal your knees. Chronic knee pain is a slippery slope to an eventual knee replacement surgery down the road. It is a self-paced program that you evaluate your pain level each day with and then work with the corresponding modules at that pain level. The premise is what we focus on expands and Say No To Knee Replacement focuses on creating comfort in the knees and the body so that becomes the new reality for your life allowing your body to express itself fully.


      Feel free to reach out to us for further assistance at customerservice@thekneepainguru.com

      Kind Regards,

      Customer Support

  14. Sherrice Smith says:


    I’m not sure if I have a bakers cysts because its described as a cysts behind the knee. However, I do have fluid on the knee my left is worse than the right but I do have a small pocket above my left kneecap on the front. I have fluid and it seems to recently have moved down my left calf, this problem has come and go over the years, I used castor oil to bring the swelling down, however, after my workouts particularly yoga the issue gets worse.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hey Sherrice!

      Thank you for reaching out to us! Have you seen the doctor about what you are experiencing? If not, please see your doctor first and then contact us at customerservice@thekneepainguru.com. If you have seen your doctor, please email us your diagnosis and we will be happy to help you out!

      Customer Support

  15. cidnea farrell says:

    …I just had the report from the MR doctor. I’ve read that i have a baker’s cyst from a torn meniscus, which happened during these last 3 months after the injury i have suffered. I neglected a little bit at the beggining because i didn’t want to take the anti-inflamatory tablets. I just ate lots of celery with the salad and drank ginger tea. I had no proper rest.
    The inflammation became worse with hard pain. Now i take cataflan tablets :( and put some ice over the knee. I can walk without pain but i can not keep going with this medicine at all. I want a natural way to heal the baker’s cyst. Is Osmo patch reliable? is it
    truly a natural treatment? or should i look for a chiropractor to align my knee? many tks!!

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Cidnea,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and I’m sorry to hear what you are going through. To better assist you please let us know if the bakers cyst has been drained by emailing us at customerservice@thekneepainguru.com and we will be happy to help you further.

      Kind regards,

      Customer Support

  16. Hi, I have a baker’s cyst along with torn meniscus. I’ve been getting physical therapy for the meniscus (8 weeks so far) and I have improved, altho I am a long way from how I used to be. It seems that some of the pt exercises aggravate the cyst, so I am holding off of these particular ones for a while, to see. Do you have any thoughts about p.t. and Baker’s cyst? Thank you.

  17. I have a large hard lump behind my knee shaped like a Lima bean..no pain no redness. It appeared the next day after getting a massage.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      I can understand the cause for concern. Please reach out to your physician for a diagnosis of what you are experiencing and then reach out to us customerservice@thekneepainguru.com and we will be happy to help you out!


      Customer Support

  18. Hello,
    I was diagnosed yesterday with Baker’s cyst. I have had pain in my legs from the knee area to thigh area every morning for the past 15 yrs. I will sit in my rocker recliner to stretch it out for about an hour and then continue onto my routine of shower and getting dressed with minimal pain. Since June of this year it has gotten worse and to the point of unbearable. It now takes about 2 or 3 hrs before I can go to work. Thankfully I have a sedentary job or I wouldn’t be able to work. The Dr suggests cortisone shots. Any suggestions?

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