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Ganglion Cyst Hand Therapy



“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”

Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.

A ganglion cyst is a firm or spongy, fluid-filled lump that grows from the lining of a joint.

It commonly grows on the back or front of the wrist or at the base of a finger. A ganglion cyst can be as small as a pea to the size of a peach pit.

Unfortunately, it is not unusual for it to change in size depending on how much the joint is moved during the day. In the past, the cyst was called a “Bible Bump” because treatment sometimes involved using a heavy book to smash the cyst.

What are the symptoms of a ganglion cyst?

The ganglion cyst usually appears as a bump that changes size with us or time of day.

The cyst may appear over time or appear suddenly. Sometimes, it may get smaller in size and even go away and come back at another time. A small ganglion cyst is usually painless; however, as it gets larger, it can push on other soft tissues and cause pain.

A ganglion cyst at the wrist often sticks out when the wrist is bent. Pain often increases when the wrist is used to push up from a surface, such as doing push-ups or pushing up from a chair.

Yoga poses may be painful when a ganglion cyst is on the wrist

What are the causes of a ganglion cyst?

The exact cause of a ganglion cyst is unknown, but may be from trauma or damage from repetitive use. Another explanation involves an irritation in the joint or tendon that allows the joint tissue and joint fluid to balloon out from the joint and form a cyst.

What is the treatment for a ganglion cyst?

Many ganglion cysts will go away without any medical treatment.

If the cyst does not go away, non-surgical treatment involves wearing an orthosis to immobilize the joint until the symptoms improve. A doctor may remove the fluid with a needle, and can also give an injection such as cortisone to relieve the pain.

Sometimes if the joint is painful and the cyst comes back, the doctor may choose to perform surgery to remove the cyst.

What can a hand therapist do for me?

Our senior hand therapists will help determine which activities should be avoided.

We may also make a custom splint (see below) to limit joint motion. If surgery is performed, hand therapy focus of treatment will include exercises to restore the range of motion, strength and function of the hand. Other treatments may also be used to help manage pain and scarring.

Custom-made orthosis to limit motion in a wrist with a ganglion cyst

Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:



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HAND THERAPY & CUSTOMIZED SPLINTING

Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes



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Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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