Hand ganglion

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Hand ganglion

Postby Noviss » Tue May 23, 2017 8:29 pm

Dr Google tells me that the lump that has appeared between my right hand thumb and forefinger is a ganglion. Given that it is at the point that rubs on the hoods I am guessing it is cycling related. Is this a common injury? If I go and have the ganglion aspirated is there anything I can do to avoid future flare ups?

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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Duck! » Tue May 23, 2017 11:31 pm

Ganglions can also be caused by joint strain, so not necessarily a cycling injury. Often they'll subside by themselves over time, but if they persists and cause discomfort then aspiration may be worthwhile.

I had one on my left wrist near the base of the thumb. Popped up for a while, then disappeared for a while, popped up again, before disappearing apparently for good.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Baalzamon » Wed May 24, 2017 8:18 am

Same spot for me Duck! Put up with it for a while and didn't go away and doc told me to hit it with a hard book. Went away, came back rinse repeat. Went away for a few years.
One day doing weights I felt this impingement in my wrist. Another ganglion this time in my wrist joint! That one was day surgery to remove as I could barely move my hand
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Calvin27 » Wed May 24, 2017 9:32 am

I have a ganglion to my right ACL. Gets annoying sometimes but doc rekons leave it.
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby ValleyForge » Wed May 24, 2017 10:48 am

Calvin27 wrote:I have a ganglion to my right ACL. Gets annoying sometimes but doc rekons leave it.

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Anterior cruciate?

Anyway, ganglions are outpouchings of the joint capsule - most common on the back of your dominant wrist. They're not an injury, but represent joint use. Stop using the joint, and they universally shrink.

Aspirating them or clocking them with the family Bible will give temporary relief and universal recurrence. But this is often enough.

Any chance of posting a photo Noviss? It's a good topic for discussion.
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Noviss » Wed May 24, 2017 11:19 am

Mine is in the same place as Ducks at the base of the thumb.

Will post a pic when I get home this evening.

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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Calvin27 » Wed May 24, 2017 11:59 am

ValleyForge wrote:
Calvin27 wrote:I have a ganglion to my right ACL. Gets annoying sometimes but doc rekons leave it.

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Anterior cruciate?

Anyway, ganglions are outpouchings of the joint capsule - most common on the back of your dominant wrist. They're not an injury, but represent joint use. Stop using the joint, and they universally shrink.



Sorry mate can't remember medical names. Inside part of the acl. It was quite big but they assured me structurally it was fine, just a bit of discomfort.

Anyways the point is mine did reside to some extent but it took a long time about 6 months or very gentle riding and much reduced volume, after completely off the bike for 3 months.
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby CXCommuter » Wed May 24, 2017 1:01 pm

Had one on the inside of my knee joint- was aspirated and cortico-steroided, hasn't reappeared after 10 years or so. Mine likely an impact from dislocating kneecaps.
Had to have it aspirated as it impinged on knee mobility
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Noviss » Wed May 24, 2017 7:12 pm

For those that wanted a photo here it is.....

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I think I will whack it with something and hold off on the aspiration for now.

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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby ValleyForge » Wed May 24, 2017 8:54 pm

Nice photo. Sure looks most likely a thumb MCP ganglion. More common in Tri/TT riders because of using their thumbs to shift.

I was aware of an aneurysm being misdiagnosed as a ganglion here. Made the operation a bit exciting. :lol:
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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby Noviss » Wed May 24, 2017 9:13 pm

I have been doing too frequent tyre changes (punctures, new tyres and wheel swaps) and tend to use my thumbs to put the tyres back on the rims instead of using tyre levers. I always find my thumbs are quite tender for a day or two following the change. And now the tyres aren't as warm due to the weather extra effort is required. Would this be the cause or just an added aggravation?

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Re: Hand ganglion

Postby ValleyForge » Wed May 24, 2017 9:49 pm

Might very well be.

Also common in bass guitarists.
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