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Wrist Ganglion Treatment in Illinois

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A ganglion is a small cyst, or fluid-filled sac, that can develop on the hand or wrist. While ganglion cysts most often form around the top of the wrist, they can also develop on the palm side of the wrist, at the base of the fingers along the palm, and at the top of the finger joints. These cysts often take the appearance of small balloons and are filled with a thick slippery fluid similar to the fluid that lubricates the joints. Ganglion cysts can vary in size, often growing larger with increased wrist activity. With rest, the lump typically grows smaller, often disappearing all together.

Ganglion cysts are not cancerous, and in most instances are fairly harmless. However, depending on the size and location of the cysts, they can be painful or can interfere with the natural function of the wrist or fingers. In these cases, treatment is advised.

Causes & Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts

The underlying causes of ganglion cysts remain unknown, though they may be linked to repetitive stress or irritation of the affected joints. One theory suggests that the cysts are formed when connected tissue degenerates or is otherwise damaged. The damaged tissue forms a weak spot in the joint capsule, allowing the joint’s natural lubricating fluid to escape and collect in a cyst outside of the joint.

Ganglion cysts of the wrist can occur at any age, though the condition appears to be more common among teenagers and young adults. Ganglion cysts also appear to be more common among athletes – especially gymnasts – who repeatedly apply stress to the wrist joint. Ganglion cysts that develop at the finger joints are often related to arthritis of the finger joint and are more common in women over the age of 40.

The most common symptoms associated with ganglion cysts of the wrist include:

  • Lump that grows on top of wrist or on underside of wrist between thumb, at end point of a finger, or at base of a finger
  • Lump grows out of a joint and is filled with thick, slippery, fluid
  • Cyst may be painful, especially if it remains hidden under skin
  • Cyst becomes larger with increased wrist activity

If you are seeking treatment for a ganglion of the wrist in Fox Valley, reach out to us at
(630) 584-1400 today.