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As I understand it, these are also called 'Bible thumpers' since in the olden days, the treatment was to smack the ganglian cyst with the largest book in the house, usually the Bible and it would burst inside the skin.
They are hereditary. My youngest son has one on his right hand and complains that it interferes with his basketball free shots. He developed it after age twelve when he went to school; he was homeschooled before.
As I understand it, removing it surgically involves removing not just the usually clear 'gel' inside the cyst, but also the pocket itself which is wedged in the tissues. Yes, it can impair the use of that hand also since that stuff is pretty complicated in there. The price I was quoted for surgery would be for cosmetic surgery and it was $7,500.00, in all, pre-op to post-op care and follow up.
And it usually grows back in time anyway.
My chiro told my son to drink more fluids more frequently since it is related to lack of fluids and circulation. He told me the same about my bursitis. Maybe he is just into drinking more fluids.
FTR, my bursitis took three years to clear up, and I am still in the healing/recovery stages.
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