I will spare everyone the gory details, but I went to my sports medicine doc yesterday and an ultrasound showed a Baker's Cyst had formed at the back of my left knee. My two options were physical therapy to eventually shrink the cyst, or a procedure in which the cyst is drained, an immediate fix. I went with the latter, even knowing that the cyst could come back. Fast forward to today, the cyst was drained, I slept the night with my leg propped on a pillow with a heating pad soothing my knee and it feels great today! There is still some swelling and soreness from the procedure, but the cyst is definitely gone.
I'll get to the point- I would like to avoid the Baker's Cyst from forming again, on either knee, and I would like to know the best methods of healing my knee and getting it back into optimal shape. (Aside from whining to my personal trainer to take it easy on me "because my knee hurts"-- Because he won't)
I work out 2 to 3 times a week doing weight training and cardio exercises, I am an avid snowboarder in the winter months, and I will be taking up surfing this summer. I walk about 45 minutes total a day during my commute, and even more on weekends, given I don't have a car.