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Ganglion Cyst Treatment in Fort Mill

A ganglion cyst is a fluid filled sac of tissue that lies beneath the skin. These commonly occur at the back of the hand or the top of the wrist, and are completely harmless in a large majority of cases.

Ganglion cysts of the hand or wrist typically grow out of a joint or tendon sheath. This sac will often continue to grow larger in size as more fluid is trapped within it, which will eventually lead to a visible bulge on the outside of the hand. This bulge may feel firm, although the actual contents of a ganglion cyst is a jellylike deposit of fluid.

What Causes a Ganglion Cyst?

There is no exact reason why an individual may develop a ganglion cyst. However, there are several factors that can make you more likely to get a ganglion cyst on your hand or wrist, including:

  • Repetitive use of the wrist and hands, particularly those whose careers require such constant movements
  • Being a female
  • Having osteoarthritis in the hands or wrist
  • Being between the ages of 15 and 40
  • Prior trauma or injury to the area

Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst

Many people will begin to notice a ganglion cyst once it has reached a substantial size. Ganglion cysts can range from being as small as a pea to a full inch in diameter. As mentioned, these lumps are rarely ever harmful, though they should be addressed if:

  • They are causing significant amounts of pain, especially during everyday movements of the hand or wrist
  • Surrounding structures such as nerves or other tissues become damaged from the pressure inflicted upon them by the ganglion cyst
  • The appearance of the cyst becomes displeasing to the patient

Diagnosis and Treatment from SpecOrtho

The process of diagnosing a ganglion cyst is usually quite simple, as these bulges are often very obvious when looking at the hand. DOCTOR will typically perform an imaging test in order to rule out any more serious conditions, such as arthritis or a tumor. X-rays and MRI scans are among the most common tests performed when diagnosing a ganglion cyst or other abnormality of the hand.

Seeking Treatment in Fort Mill

The most simple solution to treating a ganglion cyst is to immobilize the area. This usually involves the utilization of a brace or splint to keep the many intricate joints of the hand and wrist from moving. Resting the area for at least a few hours at a time will often decrease the size of the cyst, resulting in relief from any symptoms it may be causing.

Another highly effective treatment option is to have your specialist drain the ganglion cyst using a fine needle. This process is called aspiration, which requires only a few minutes in our office to complete.

In the event that prior treatments have proved ineffective, many patients will consider surgical removal of their ganglion cyst. During this procedure, not only will your surgeon remove the cyst itself, but also the stalk that it is attached to. This stalk often stems from the joint or tendon sheath, and can cause recurring ganglion cysts to form if it is not separated from the area entirely.

To learn more about these treatment options and which one may be best for you, please call (803) 548-6464 today to set up an appointment with one of our specialists.

COVID-19 Updates


Urgent Times Call For Urgent Care

In order to relieve the ER/Urgent Care staff and resources, SpecOrtho is now welcoming walk-in patients with urgent musculoskeletal injuries at our Fort Mill location. Our doctor will see all orthopaedic injuries outside of the back and neck during normal business hours. In order to maintain a safe environment for all, our facility is being cleaned and sanitized regularly and following strict CDC guidelines. Those individuals that are currently sick or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, should go directly to the local Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center for any immediate orthopaedic needs. For appointments or more information, please contact us at 803- 548-6464.


In an effort to comply with CDC recommendations and help keep our patients and staff safe from illness, we are asking all our patients and visitors to follow the guidelines below:

  • If you or someone you have been in contact with has experienced fever, chills, cough, shortness or breath, sneezing or runny nose, please call the office to reschedule your appointment (803-548-6464).
  • Please ensure that the patient is accompanied by no more than one person to minimize overcrowding and exposure to germs.
  • Upon arrival to SpecOrtho, existing patients may check in from their vehicles by calling our front desk at 803-548-6464. We will call or text you to let you know when your exam room is available. This will eliminate overcrowding in the waiting room as well as allowing our staff the proper time to clean and sterilize the exam rooms prior to your visit.

We will continue to monitor the current situation closely and will update protective measures and process accordingly. We appreciate your understanding and support to minimize exposure to other patients.

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