Ganglion is a fluid-filled bulge that forms adjacent to a joint. The swelling is usually large as a pea, but can sometimes be up to a few centimeters in diameter.
The ganglion usually sits on the top or bottom of the wrist or on the back of the foot. The size and hardness of the swelling depends on how much fluid is in it.
Everyone can get ganglion and usually it is because you have overworked the trail. Ganglion on the upper side of the hand is most common in younger women who sport.
The swelling can also occur in the elderly on the extreme finger joint and is then called mucous cyst.
Symptoms of ganglion
You usually get no symptoms of ganglion, but sometimes a ganglion can feel sore or hurt.
When and where should I seek care?
You should contact a health care center if it hurts the swelling while it becomes red and hot.
Treatment of ganglion
You do not need treatment of ganglion unless you have any problems. Ganglion are harmless and usually disappear by themselves within a couple of weeks.
An occupational therapist can help you with advice and relief if the ganglia does not disappear. Rest can also help.
A doctor may puncture the swelling with a needle and suck out the contents if you experience any problems. Sometimes you can also get a cortisone syringe.
The ganglia may need to be removed if the swelling returns and continues to cause discomfort.
Influence and participate in your care
You can seek care at any medical center or open specialist clinic you want throughout the country.
In order for you to be involved in your care and treatment, it is important that you understand the information you receive from the healthcare personnel.