What’s that lump in my wrist? All About Ganglion Cysts

You may have noticed it before, either on yourself or on another – a small lump appearing usually at the top of the wrist or hand. It may be a common condition called a ganglion cyst. Here’s what you need to know:

What is a Ganglion Cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a pocket of fluid that forms along the joint of usually the hand or wrist, but can appear in the foot and ankle as well. The cyst is usually round or oval, about pea-sized, and can increase in size.


Most ganglion cysts do not come with any symptoms other than visual appearance. If the cyst encroaches a nerve, they can cause pain in the joint. Depending on where the cyst lies, movement of the hand or wrist can be affected.


Any time you notice an abnormality in your joint, it’s important to have a consultation with a physician. For ganglion cysts, many go away on their own over time. A doctor will determine whether treatment will be necessary. Treatment options include draining the cyst or removing the cyst from the stem to prevent reoccurrence.

If you have noticed a new lump in your joint, don’t wait. Call the hand specialists at NEOSM for an assessment and to discuss any questions you may have.