Can a Baker’s cyst be prevented?

You can best prevent a Baker’s cyst by preventing knee injuries. Here are some ways you can prevent an injury to the knee:

  • Wear appropriate shoes.
  • Use the balls of your feet to turn instead of your knees.
  • Warm up properly before you exercise and cool down afterwards.
  • When you get a knee injury, stop and immediately take care of the knee. See a doctor if it does not improve quickly.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/25/2016.


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