Synovial Cysts Cause Back and Leg Pain, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Offers Relief

A cyst. What does that make you think of? For some Baton Rouge back pain sufferers, it would be a hint to their pain’s source. But the diagnosis of a synovial cyst as the culprit causing pain is an intriguing one. Back pain and leg pain may stem from a synovial cyst which is where Baton Rouge chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation comes in to help. Baton Rouge chiropractic care with the Cox® Technic is shown to help decrease back pain and related leg pain because of a synovial cyst without Baton Rouge back surgery.

SYNOVIAL CYST FACTS

First, let’s discuss what synovial cysts are. Synovial cysts are uncommon lesions affiliated with facet degeneration and usually found in the lumbar spine at L4-S1. (1) 33% to 40% of synovial cysts are correlated with degenerative spondylolisthesis and instability of the involved joint. (2,3) Synovial cysts may trigger sciatica/leg pain. (4) Synovial cysts appear in females mostly in their 6th decade of life, resulting in radicular pain and neurological deficits. These cysts are generally seen at L4-5 which is also the site of maximum mobility in the lumbar spine. MRI is the diagnostic tool of choice as it exhibits the consistency of the cyst (more or less fluid). (5) When synovial cysts look lighter on MRI T2 images, they are probably more fluid filled and less likely gelatinous or calcified, making them potentially easier to ease. (6) Synovial cysts have been documented to disappear especially if the cyst wall is not calcified. (7) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation works to help Baton Rouge back pain sufferers dealing with synovial cyst get rid of them, too.

SYNOVIAL CYST CAUSES

Wilby et al describe a channel that connects the facet joint capsule with the ligamentum flavum, the area where the synovial cysts become visible. At surgery for these cysts, they found that fragments of articular cartilage and bone were in the walls of the channels in 89% of the cysts. This debris jams and prevents the channel from draining and provokes granulation tissue and scar formation probably starting synovial cyst formation. (8) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation works on scar tissue to enhance the spine’s fluidity.

SYNOVIAL CYST TREATMENT

Conservative treatment of lumbar spine synovial cysts is recommended as some are included to disappear without surgery. (9) Conservative treatment is practical. If the cyst does not respond, then surgery is an option. (5) Cox® Technic has a history of conservative care relief for synovial cysts. (10) As implemented at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation, Cox® Technic succeeded in relief when an epidural steroid injection did not. (11) In another case, a 75 year old man with back and leg pain and a synovial cyst treated for 3 months/16 visits felt 80% relief. (12) Cox® Technic at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is relieving for many Baton Rouge back pain sufferers with synovial cysts.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ted Siciliano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about his relieving care with Cox® Technic protocols for a patient with a synovial cyst.

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic visit for diagnosis and treatment of back pain due to synovial cyst or other reason. The diagnosis of a cyst as the pain generator is more than just a clue to your pain’s source. It is the beginning of a back pain relieving Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. 

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