Cervical degeneration (Dowager's Hump)
A dorsocervical fat pad is also known as a buffalo hump. A buildup of fat between the shoulder blades causes a hump in the back of the neck to form.Medications that people take to treat HIV and Cushing’s syndrome can cause a buildup of fat behind the shoulders. Other possible causes include:
If the hump on the back of the neck is due to medication, a doctor may alter the type or dosage. They may also recommend surgery to remove the fatty tissue.
A dowagers hump is an old and now unacceptable term for when the top of the back is severely rounded, giving the appearance of a hump on the back of the neck. Conditions that can cause a curved spine include kyphosis and osteoporosis.
Kyphosis is a condition in which the curve of the thoracic spine — the spine in the middle of the chest — is greater than 50 degrees. A natural curve in the spine should be between 20 and 45 degrees.
A doctor may recommend wearing a back brace to correct the curve and doing physical therapy to strengthen the spine. In extreme cases of spine curvature, surgery may be the only option.
Osteoporosis is a condition that results in the loss of bone, an increased risk of fracture, and a very rounded upper back. The upper back rounds when the weakened vertebrae at the top of the spine collapse.
Medications such as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), calcitonin, and bisphosphonates can increase bone mass and prevent fractures.
Learn how to increase bone density naturally here.
Apart from osteoporosis and kyphosis, there are many other possible causes of a hump on the back of the neck. These include:
Overuse, poor posture, and lack of muscle release can lead to the formation of tight, painful clusters of agitated muscles that feel like a hump on the back of the neck.
Boils and carbuncles
Boils and carbuncles form when hair follicles get infected, usually with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Most boils eventually burst on their own and heal without leaving a scar.
Although people often describe cysts as sebaceous cysts, they do not involve the sebaceous glands. Keratin material fills these lumps, which may take years to develop.
Moles are also known as nevi. These flat or raised bumps are very common and can develop on the back of the neck. Some people may have 10–40 moles on their skin.
If a person notices a mole becoming darker, bigger, or different in shape, they should speak to a doctor urgently. Any of these changes could be a symptom of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.(1)
The role of protease in spinal degeneration
Lower back pain (2)
Relieving osteoarthritis (3)
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