When we rely so much on our hands – to do, well, almost everything – it’s especially worrisome when something about them isn’t right. Ganglion cysts certainly have their place on the list of the many worrisome ailments we can experience in our hands and wrists. These nodules of swollen tissue rise up from inside the joints, most commonly those on the hands and wrists. Growing out of the joint’s supporting tissues, such as ligaments, the cysts are filled with a thick fluid similar to the fluid that lubricates the joint itself.
Aging parents and relatives may insist they’re still fit to drive – “I can handle it, I do it all the time,” they say – because they like their independence and mobility. Older people can certainly still rock out in a convertible with the top down, and some people can drive safely for a really, really long time, but everyone has to give it up someday.