Ganglions - Causes
The exact cause as to why ganglions occur is still not known. The origin and how it occurs can be explained as-
- A special viscous liquid is sealed in a small compartment and lubricates the joints and tendons.
- Sometimes, for no known reason or due to arthritis or an injury, the compartment might leak this liquid.
- The liquid is viscous and thick, like honey, and the leaking hole is usually too small. Once it leaks it doesn't go back on its own.
- This works almost like a one-way valve, filling up like a little balloon next to the area of the leak.
- When the hands are used for normal activities, the joints squeeze and create a tremendous pressure in the lubricating compartment, which can cause enough pressure in the leaking cyst and can feel as hard as a bone.
- This lubricating liquid has special proteins, which makes it thick, and also makes it hard for the body to absorb it when it leaks out.
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