A ganglion cyst is a lump in the hand or wrist that is not uncommon. The cysts can vary in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. Usually, they are round-shaped and can be firm, and it may be painful to put pressure on the bump. Treatment for ganglion cysts depends on the location of the cyst and your personal situation. Here are some options your hand surgeon may recommend:
- Observation: Sometimes, doing nothing is the best option, as the cyst may go away.
- Splints: Material used to support the area.
- Anti-inflammatory medication: This may decrease pain during your daily activities. It can be used along with a splint.
- Aspiration: Using a needle to remove fluid from the cyst.
- Surgery: Completely removing the cyst.
Consult your doctor about the best treatment option for you. Learn more about ganglion cysts and find a hand surgeon at www.HandCare.org.