A full history and examination by a medical practitioner is required to exclude serious causes of knee pain. History should include radicular pain, neurological symptoms, bladder and bowel function, unexplained weight loss, fever, pain unrelieved by rest and history of trauma.7
Medicine practitioners may ask about energy levels, sleep quality, dizziness, tinnitus or pain in other areas of the body.
Examination should include assessment of range of motion, tenderness and neurological assessment of the lower limb, including a straight leg test. Doctor usually palpate for tender points, wich can be alleviated. Medicine practitioners assess the colour, coating and shape of the tongue, and character of the radial pulse, which inform the diagnosis. Imaging is usually not warranted in the case of uncomplicated acute Baker cyst.