Cysts In The Knees: Causes And Natural Treatment

Cysts in the knees can have different origins. However, this small fluid-filled swelling has its most common cause in problems associated with osteoarthritis.

To better understand this process, let us imagine for a moment our articulation. It is more or less like a “mouth” that opens and closes to execute the movement.

Now in every movement we produce air, and that air accumulates synovial fluid from the damaged joint itself to form a small balloon, a cyst.

Since there is a joint problem, this fluid can not return to its place due to a “valve” mechanism that generates the same soft knee tissue.

The most complex of all is that this accumulated liquid presses other structures and causes discomfort, pain and difficulty when executing any movement, any step.

Although, as we have pointed out, it is common that this problem is associated with osteoarthritis, it has other triggers that need to be known.

Today in our space we want to talk about this topic and what kind of natural treatment we can do at home.


Types of Knee Cysts

Baker’s cysts
The popliteal cyst or Baker’s cyst has its origin in an accumulation of fluid inside a pouch located between the muscles of the knee itself.

  • You will notice your formation after inflammation and a lump that can grow, especially in the back of the knee.
  • At first it does not hurt, we will only notice some discomfort when folding the leg.
  • Baker’s cysts originate as a result of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments, their wear and cartilage damage.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis can also lead to this medical condition.
  • To treat Baker’s cyst, the most appropriate are anti-inflammatory, the use of knee compression and rehabilitation physical therapy.

Meniscal cysts

The menisci have a very specific purpose: they act as the “shock absorbers of the knee”.

  • It is common for younger people, if they practice an intense sport, to suffer breakages due to blows or twisting of the knee.
  • People who lead a more sedentary life are not exempt from experiencing this problem because of simple degeneracy over time.
  • When the meniscus ruptures for whatever cause, the synovial fluid escapes to form the pouch or cyst.

Treatment for the meniscal cyst is based on arthroscopy of the joint. That is, in the repair of the meniscus itself.

Cranial cruciate ligament cysts
The cysts of the cruciate ligaments can appear in front of, in the middle or in the back of the own ligaments of the knees.

  • Although not very common, it is painful and complicated to diagnose, unless we have an MRI of the knee.
  • As in the case of meniscus cysts, a surgical intervention is necessary to solve this problem, which will undoubtedly follow an adequate physical rehabilitation.

Natural Treatment for Knee Cysts

Cold-Heat Therapy
As with any joint condition where pain and inflammation appear, cold-heat therapy will always be very suitable.

You can apply a couple of ice cubes wrapped in a cotton cloth for a few minutes on the affected knee.

Later, have a bag of hot water prepared to favor the opposite effect: proper vasodilation of the area.

Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary water or essential oil is a very powerful natural anti-inflammatory. You can find it in any natural store or in a para pharmacy.

The application is very simple: you only have to exercise a soft circular massage – without oppressing – in that area where the cyst has formed.

Drink ginger and turmeric to calm pain and inflammation
To the medical treatment that you are prescribed with base of anti-inflammatories you can add, if you wish, this drink of ginger and turmeric.

It is a natural remedy rich in antioxidants and specific compounds that will calm pain and inflammation itself.

In addition, it will help boost your immune system so that your defenses help you reduce that excess accumulated fluid or infection associated with osteoarthritis.

Take note of how you should prepare it. Just take it once a day. Never exceed this dose in case you suffer from hypertension.


  • 1 cup water (250 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger (5 g)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (2.5 g)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (2.5 g)
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (15 g)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (7.5 g)


  • Bring the water to a boil, and once it boils, add all the ingredients except the honey.
  • Remove from the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then serve in your favorite cup.
  • Finally, you can sweeten it with a little honey.

The taste is sensational and will help you to improve a little the symptomatology associated with cysts in the knees.


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