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Have bakers cyst. Taking warfarin. Best exercises to reduce swelling around knee?

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Dr. Saurabh Gupta

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Posted on Tue, 5 Feb 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: what are the best exercises/stretches to reduce swelling around my knee? I have bakers cyst and i am NOT allowed to take anti inflammatories because i am already taking warfarin ?
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later
Hello.
Thanks for posting your query.

Best exercises to reduce swelling due to bakers cyst-

Knee Bend to Straighten
Bend and straighten your knee as far as possible without increasing your pain. This helps to restore your normal knee movement. Repeat 20 times.

Static Quadriceps Contraction
Tighten the muscle at the front of your thigh (quadriceps) by pushing your knee down into a towel . Put your fingers on your inner quadriceps to feel the muscle tighten during contraction. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times as hard as possible without increasing your symptoms.

With good physiotherapy Backer's cyst can heal well. So regular do these exercises.Soft tissue massage and heat/cold therapy also works.

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Dr Saurabh Gupta

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