Ganglion

A ganglion is a sac-like swelling or cyst formed from the tissue that lines a joint or tendon. The tissue, called synovium, normally functions to produce lubricating fluid for these areas. A ganglion is a cyst formed by the synovium that is filled with a thick jelly-like fluid. While ganglia can follow local trauma to the tendon or joint, they usually form for unknown reasons. Occasionally, ganglia are early signs of arthritis that will become more obvious in the future.

The two common sites where they are found are on the back of the wrist and on the top of the foot next to the small joints. Other sites of the body are affected less commonly.

Small ganglion cysts can be pea-sized, while larger ones can be around an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

Causes:

It's not clear what causes a ganglion cyst to develop. It grows out of a joint or the lining of a tendon, looking like a tiny water balloon on a stalk, and seems to occur when the tissue that surrounds a joint or a tendon bulges out of place. Inside the cyst is a thick lubricating fluid similar to that found in joints or around tendons.

Symptom:

The lumps associated with ganglion cysts can be characterized by:

  • Location. Ganglion cysts most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. The next most common locations are the ankles and feet, although these cysts can occur near other joints as well.
  • Shape and size. Ganglion cysts are round or oval and usually measure less than an inch in diameter. Some are so small that they can't be felt. The size of a cyst can fluctuate, often getting larger when you use that joint for repetitive motions.
  • Pain. Ganglion cysts usually are painless. However, if a cyst presses on a nerve — even if the cyst is too small to form a noticeable lump — it can cause pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.

Risk Factors:

Factors that may increase your risk of ganglion cysts include:

  • Your sex and age. Although ganglion cysts can develop in anyone, they most commonly occur in women between the ages of 20 and 30.
  • Osteoarthritis. People who have wear-and-tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
  • Joint or tendon injury. Joints or tendons that have been injured in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts in the future.

At bodhin, Homeopathy does help in curing ganglions. It does so by reducing the size as well as by systemic re-absorption of the fluid from the ganglion. The results are long lasting and usually permanent. Do however note that the outcome is better when treatment is started as early as possible and continued for a few months meant for the medicines to act.

The medicines prescribed are purely internal homeopathic medicines capable of softening the ganglion and then reabsorb the fluid from within.

 
 

Upcoming Events

Date: 4th Feb, 2014:
World Cancer Day

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world, according to WHO, which estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention. Read More

Date: 14th March, 2014:
World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day was first celebrated in 2006, and from that date on, the world still celebrates this world day with a different theme and certain massages every year. Read More