Ganglion cysts can be described as a lump, or a swelling on top of a joint or the fluid filled structures that surround tendons. The cyst contains a thick, jelly-like material. They occur in various locations around the body, but they are most prevalent on the back or the wrist or hand
It is the most common soft tissue tumor (non- cancerous) of the hand and wrist. The patient usually has transient (rarely chronic) wrist pain, or possibly a history of wrist injuries or repetitive wrist activity. Weakness of the muscle whose tendon is involved is observed as well
It is important to recognize that these cysts are not always visible, as they are fixed to the deeper tissues and not the skin. Applying the P.R.I.C.E. principles (protect, rest, ice, compression and elevation) is effective for inflammation and pain.