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Synovial Cysts Cause Back and Leg Pain, Johnson Chiropractic Offers Relief

A cyst. What does that make you think of? For some Richmond back pain sufferers, it would be a clue to the basis of their pain. But the diagnosis of a synovial cyst as the culprit causing pain is a curious one. Back pain and leg pain may stem from a synovial cyst which is where Richmond chiropractic care at Johnson Chiropractic is effective. Richmond chiropractic care with the Cox® Technic is documented to help reduce back pain and related leg pain because of a synovial cyst without Richmond back surgery.

SYNOVIAL CYST FACTS

First, let’s discuss what synovial cysts are. Synovial cysts are uncommon lesions associated with facet degeneration and commonly found in the lumbar spine at L4-S1. (1) 33% to 40% of synovial cysts are associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis and instability of the involved joint. (2,3) Synovial cysts may produce sciatica/leg pain. (4) Synovial cysts occur in females mostly in their 6th decade of life, giving rise to radicular pain and neurological deficits. These cysts are frequently 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 shows 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 probably gelatinous or calcified, making them potentially easier to reduce. (6) Synovial cysts have been documented to disappear particularly if the cyst wall is not calcified. (7) Johnson Chiropractic works to help Richmond back pain sufferers dealing with synovial cyst get rid of them, too.

SYNOVIAL CYST CAUSES

Wilby et al describe a channel that joins the facet joint capsule with the ligamentum flavum, the area where the synovial cysts form. At surgery for these cysts, they discovered 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 triggers granulation tissue and scar formation probably starting synovial cyst formation. (8) Johnson Chiropractic works on scar tissue to enhance the spine’s fluidity.

SYNOVIAL CYST TREATMENT

Conservative treatment of lumbar spine synovial cysts is recommended as some tend to disappear without surgery. (9) Conservative treatment is reasonable. If the cyst doesn’t respond, then surgery is an option. (5) Cox® Technic has a history of conservative care relief for synovial cysts. (10) As implemented at Johnson Chiropractic, Cox® Technic succeeded in relief when an epidural steroid injection didn’t. (11) In another case, a 75 year old man with back and leg pain and a synovial cyst treated for 3 months/16 visits experienced 80% relief. (12) Cox® Technic at Johnson Chiropractic is relieving for many Richmond 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 Johnson Chiropractic

Schedule a Richmond chiropractic visit for diagnosis and treatment of back pain due to synovial cyst or other issue. The diagnosis of a cyst as the pain generator is more than just a hint to your pain’s source. It is the start of a back pain relieving Richmond chiropractic treatment plan at Johnson Chiropractic. 

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