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    Pain behind knee: Baker's Cyst?

    I think I pushed myself too hard in the gym last week, and powered my way through some single-leg kettlebell deadlifts despite my legs shaking with fatigue.

    My form must have been off as a result, and since then I've had this strange pain behind my knee. It's nothing severe and feels better than it did a few days ago, but I can still feel some pain if I fully flex my knee or kneel on the floor.

    I also feel some discomfort with my leg extended (though not all the time) and have sometimes been getting discomfort around my calf (well more like the side of my leg / shin)

    At first I was panicking that it was a PCL injury but apparently they are rare and also sound more severe than what I have.

    Could it be a Baker's Cyst? that sounds similar to what I'm getting, except I have no swelling or lump.

    I made a physio appointment to get it checked out but that's not for another week. I'm hoping it'll clear up by itself before then, but any advice would be great.
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    Originally Posted by ReboundReps View Post
    I think I pushed myself too hard in the gym last week, and powered my way through some single-leg kettlebell deadlifts despite my legs shaking with fatigue.

    My form must have been off as a result, and since then I've had this strange pain behind my knee. It's nothing severe and feels better than it did a few days ago, but I can still feel some pain if I fully flex my knee or kneel on the floor.

    I also feel some discomfort with my leg extended (though not all the time) and have sometimes been getting discomfort around my calf (well more like the side of my leg / shin)

    At first I was panicking that it was a PCL injury but apparently they are rare and also sound more severe than what I have.

    Could it be a Baker's Cyst? that sounds similar to what I'm getting, except I have no swelling or lump.

    I made a physio appointment to get it checked out but that's not for another week. I'm hoping it'll clear up by itself before then, but any advice would be great.
    I had pain behind the knee, with a small lump. Took me years to discover that it was due to a free floating fabella bone, which is a useless bone behind the knee that only a minority of people have. Considered to be normal human anatomy, but there are many documented cases of it causing pain.

    If there is no lump, definitely not a baker's cyst. Could be PCL, could be muscle strain, or a hamstring/calf tendon strain.

    Probably should take it easy and focus on better form. In the meantime, toning things down. Avoiding pain is #1.
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