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Is it okay to whack a bible/ganglion cyst with a book?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

The ganglion is a cystic selling from the joint capsule.
Drainage and or cortisone shot will give you temporary relief. If it is painful or very noticeable the only method to definitively del a with a ganglion is surgery, done in an outpatient facility by an orthopedic, or hand surgeon. There is a small recurrence rate of about 10-15 per cent

In brief: No

The ganglion is a cystic selling from the joint capsule.
Drainage and or cortisone shot will give you temporary relief. If it is painful or very noticeable the only method to definitively del a with a ganglion is surgery, done in an outpatient facility by an orthopedic, or hand surgeon. There is a small recurrence rate of about 10-15 per cent
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Paul Cohen
This was what was done in the "olden" days; medicine has advanced much since then(thankfully).
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Old wives tale

The name "bible cyst" is thought to come from an old practice where you wacked the thing with a big book to get rid of it.
The bible was the bigest book many owned back in the day. I've read no descriptions where it worked & see the potential for you to do some damage to the nerve. Remember, george washington died while they bled him for a sore throat. Old style rxs were replaced for many reasons.

In brief: Old wives tale

The name "bible cyst" is thought to come from an old practice where you wacked the thing with a big book to get rid of it.
The bible was the bigest book many owned back in the day. I've read no descriptions where it worked & see the potential for you to do some damage to the nerve. Remember, george washington died while they bled him for a sore throat. Old style rxs were replaced for many reasons.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: I would not try

Although, i hear it all the time from my patients and i believe it worked back when medicine was fairly primitive, i would not recommend it today, as whacking it with a bible may cause injury that you will have to deal with later. Those can be drained and injected with a steroid that may cause them not to come back.
Just see your doc!

In brief: I would not try

Although, i hear it all the time from my patients and i believe it worked back when medicine was fairly primitive, i would not recommend it today, as whacking it with a bible may cause injury that you will have to deal with later. Those can be drained and injected with a steroid that may cause them not to come back.
Just see your doc!
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Question is WHY

Hitting a ganglion with a book is the "old wives' tale".
It doesn't really do anything. Whack away! really, draining the cyst and injecting cortisone can help relieve pain. Keep in mind the cyst is still there, just deflated. So will likely come back. If you want it actually gone, have surgery to remove it.

In brief: Question is WHY

Hitting a ganglion with a book is the "old wives' tale".
It doesn't really do anything. Whack away! really, draining the cyst and injecting cortisone can help relieve pain. Keep in mind the cyst is still there, just deflated. So will likely come back. If you want it actually gone, have surgery to remove it.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
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Dr. Laurence Rezkalla
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ganglion treatment

Options to treat or not treat a ganglion are simple.
Let me know more about it.

In brief: Ganglion treatment

Options to treat or not treat a ganglion are simple.
Let me know more about it.
Dr. Laurence Rezkalla
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Dr. Ira Rubin
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ganglion cyst

YES. It may break the cyst and cure your problem but then there is at least 50 % chance it will return.
This is an old idea. Most Docs would rather drain the cyst with a needle and if the cyst returns remove it by surgery. This method will guarantee the cyst drains but certainly if it returns you still need the surgery.

In brief: Ganglion cyst

YES. It may break the cyst and cure your problem but then there is at least 50 % chance it will return.
This is an old idea. Most Docs would rather drain the cyst with a needle and if the cyst returns remove it by surgery. This method will guarantee the cyst drains but certainly if it returns you still need the surgery.
Dr. Ira Rubin
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
I disagree. Better to see in person a Hand Surgeon to give you your options..
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hard blows not good

Only if you don't mind a trip to the emergency room to make sure you didn't break a bone.
The impact required to break that open is going to have to hurt. It doesn't seem like a good idea to me. The best thing is to take anti-inflammatories like a leave twice-daily and then see your doctor and perhaps have it injected with a steroid after removing the fluid.

In brief: Hard blows not good

Only if you don't mind a trip to the emergency room to make sure you didn't break a bone.
The impact required to break that open is going to have to hurt. It doesn't seem like a good idea to me. The best thing is to take anti-inflammatories like a leave twice-daily and then see your doctor and perhaps have it injected with a steroid after removing the fluid.
Dr. Vance Harris
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