Ganglion is a small sac filled with fluid and is formed from the lining of a joint or tendon. It usually forms when the tissues surrounding certain joints become inflamed and swell up with lubricating fluid.
CAUSES OF GANGLION CYSTS
It is generally caused due to some kind of trauma to the joint but the cause may not be evident in all cases. Ganglion formation is more common in women (M:F = 1:3) and 70% occur in the late teens and young adulthood. Some joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have been associated with ganglion cysts. Occupational factors play an important role in the development of ganglion. Those occupations that require workers to overuse certain joints such as the wrist and fingers, for instance typewriters, pose a risk for ganglion cysts.
SYMPTOMS OF GANGLION CYSTS
Most commonly, formation is seen on the wrist (usually the back side) and fingers, but it can also develop on the shoulders, elbows and knees. Ganglia are usually painless swellings that can form around any joint. However, the condition can become painful when the ganglion presses nerves. This pain can restrict the range of movements and activity of an individual. They can increase in size or can disappear spontaneously.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF GANGLION CYSTS
Ruta: It is a great remedy for ganglion. Paralytic stiffness of wrist. Shooting pain in wrists. Sensation as from a sprain and stiffness in wrist. Bones of wrist and back of hand painful as if bruised, it is worse in rest or moving. Pain in wrist on lifting a weight. Numbness and tingling in hands after exertion. Spasmodic contraction of fingers. Swollen veins on hands, after eating. Rut suited to scrofulous exostosis, bruises and other mechanical injuries of bones and periosteum, sprains, periostitis, erysipelas, fractures, and especially dislocations. Bruised, lame sensation all over, as after a fall or blow; worse in limbs and joints. All parts of the body upon which he lies are painful, as if bruised. Restless, turns and changes position frequently when lying.
Carbo veg: Acute drawing pains in the forearms, the wrists, and the fingers. Relaxation of the muscles of the arms and of the hands, on laughing. Tension in the joints of the hand. Cramp-like contraction of the hands. Heat of the hands, burning in the hands. The tips of the fingers are covered with cold sweat. Paralytic weakness of the wrists and of the fingers, especially on grasping an object. Fine granulated, and itching eruption on the hands. Extremities of the fingers become ulcerated. Persons who have never fully recovered from the exhausting effects of some previous illness. Weakness of memory and slowness of thought.
Causticum: Tearing in right wrist-joint. Drawing pains in the hands, and the joints of the fingers. Spasmodic weakness and trembling of the hands. Paleness and painful torpor of the fingers. Pains in the arms at night. Drawing pains and acute pulling, in the arms and hands. Convulsive movements and shocks in the arms. Itching and eruptions on the arms. Shooting pains in the front part of the arms, from the fingers to the elbow. Paralytic feeling in the right hand. Sensation of fullness in the hands, on grasping an object.tTension of the posterior joints of the fingers when bending them. Contraction and induration of the tendons of the fingers.
Silicea: Ganglion on wrist. Gnawing, purulent vesicles, with burning in fingers. Tearing, drawing, sticking pain in fingers as if suppurating. Numb feelings of a finger, as though it were enlarged and the bone swollen. Pain as from a splinter in flexor surface of one finger. Panaritium, especially with vegetation, cries and insupportable pains day and night. Drawing and tearing in arms, hands and fingers. Heaviness and paralytic weakness of arms worse by least exertion.Throbbing and jerking of muscles of arm. Paralytic weakness of the forearm, everything is dropped from the hands. Induration of the cellular tissue of the forearm. Nocturnal shootings in wrist, extending to the top of arm. Tearing pain in wrists and ball of hand. Profuse sweat of the hands. Ganglion on back of hand. Ulcer on back of hand. Tingling in fingers. Burning sensation in ends of fingers.