Bible Bump or Ganglion Cyst – Causes and Treatment

By | August 17, 2012

Bible bump, otherwise known as ganglion is a small cyst bump, formed by gelatinous fluids and soft tissues. It is mostly found beneath skin covering the wrist and ankle joints.

Bible bump got its name due to an age long practice which required smashing a family bible over the wrist’s ganglion. Modern medical practice requires excising the ganglion if it can’t be resolved spontaneously. Though having similar physical appearance with a tumor, ganglia poses no harm. Ganglia only becomes painful when it gets big, causing the joints to get weak and the nerves to compress.

Medical experts are yet to determine the actual cause of bible bump or ganglion cyst. However, it is generally believed that ganglion cyst results from the leakage of synovial fluid which is located in joints and tendon sheath. Synovial fluid is quite similar to the fluid inside the ganglion though the later is thicker.

It is also suspected that arthritis is responsible for the formation of ganglion cyst. Excessive use of the fingers and hands is the commonest cause of ganglion cyst.

Women are more susceptible to ganglion cyst as their work at home requires they make frequent use of their hands. Ganglion cyst mostly affects people within the age bracket of 20 and 50. It is rare to see a child 10 years and below suffer from ganglion cyst.

Cuts and trauma are also responsible for the formation of ganglion cyst.

Bible bump often measures 1 to 3 cm in diameter. It is mostly formed on the ankle and wrist joints. It sometimes affects the finger, causing the finger to become soft and tender, but this is rare. Most times, bible bump forms on only one spot on the skin, but may multiply in some cases. Bible bump oftentimes changes its size especially when newly formed. Bible bump only becomes painful when it gets enlarged especially when formed on the wrist joint and above the foot.

Remedies for the treatment of Bible bump

Ganglion cyst does not require any form of treatment when it is small in size. It often vanishes naturally. But when caused by homeopathy, Ruta can be used as a remedy. It is known for effectively curing bible bump.

In extreme form, ganglion cyst will have to be removed via a surgical operation. But there is no assurance the bump wouldn’t come back.

Certain herbal remedies can be used for the treatment of bible bump. They include:

Turmeric Powder: Add a little quantity of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey and consume. Doing this will cause the inflammation to disappear.

Psyillium Husk: Add two tablespoons of Psyillium husk to water and boil. Next is to strain the boiled liquid and then allow to cool. Consume half portion of the liquid in the morning while the rest at night. Psyillium Husk has inflammatory capabilitites which help ease up bump swellings.

Applying ice to the affected spot can also help relieve ganglion cyst.

Immobilizing the wrist by wearing a wrist splint can also an effective treatment. Ganglion cyst often shrinks in size when the wrist’s movement becomes restricted.

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