About 3 weeks ago during a competition match the our badminton team, I started feeling a light pain and discomfort at the back of my left knee. It hurt a bit but the pain didn’t get worse so I kept on playing. After the matches my teammates said they didn’t notice any difference in my movement or game (we won the match with 8-0 that day).
Unsure what to do, I took it easy for a week, until we had our next match, and see what my knee did then. That Sunday evening, during warm up I already felt that this was going to be more than just a little ache: after a couple of sprints across the court, I immediately felt that same discomfort again. I finished the match, again without the pain affecting my gameplay, but I knew something was up.
There’s a difference between pain and injury and this sure looked to be the latter.
Last week I went to see my sports doctor about it and the cause of the pain is most likely a Baker’s cyst:
A popliteal cyst, also called a Baker’s cyst, is a soft, often painless bump that develops on the back of the knee. A cyst is usually nothing more than a bag of fluid. These cysts occur most often when the knee is damaged due to arthritis, gout, injury, or inflammation in the lining of the knee joint. Surgical treatment may be successful when the actual cause of the cyst is addressed. Otherwise, the cyst can come back again.
So 2 things:
- Given some rest, elevation and anti inflammatories, the pain should subside
- We don’t know what’s causing the cyste to form.
So I have another full week of rest in front of me and then I’ll try a little run again to see how it feels. I’ll keep you posted!