Lump On Back Of Neck – What is This Ugly Hump?

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Do you wear high collars to hide the unattractive lump on the back of your neck? What is this ugly fatty neck lump? How did you get it and how can you get rid of it?

Post updated September, 2018

In this post I am discussing the fatty neck lump that develops due to Forward Head Posture (fhp). Fhp is best described as the forward position of the head, relative to the shoulders.

Neck lumps

There are many other possible causes of neck lumps that I am not making reference to here: The fatty lipoma, the goitre, lymph nodes and cysts, to name but a few. 

Cervical kyphosis

If you know your head leans too far forward and you also have a lump of fatty tissue on the back on your neck, you may benefit from x-ray investigation, to rule out a reversed spinal neck curve, called as cervical kyphosis.

When the neck curve kinks the wrong way, it pushes the head forward. When the head is pushed forward, the lower neck (and spine) become more prominent and vulnerable and the body may lay down fat, in an effort to protect this region – or at least that’s the way I like to simplify and explain a complicated process.

Resources: 2nd Opinion For X-Rays

Some people with a fatty neck hump, notice a hard bony feel underneath the fat. What they are feeling, is the kinked region of the neck – the bony vertebra that are more prominent and closer to the surface.

If this structural deviation has been there long enough, the vertebral discs may begin to thin, the bony vertebrae may begin to develop spurs and the joints may hypertrophy (grow larger). These are all signs of osteoarthritis.

Signs & symptoms

If you’ve suffered long term symptoms that may include: headaches, stiff and/or painful neck, dizziness, arm and hand tingling or numbness, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, round shoulders, teeth clenching, TMJ dysfunction or anxiety, and you’ve had any sort of past trauma that might have affected your neck – car accident, fall from a height, off a horse, a tumble in the playground, off your bicycle, physical violence, fall down a flight of stairs etc., you may find this video relevant:

Further Resources: Fatty Neck Hump: How to get rid of the fat at the top of your back

One thought on “Lump On Back Of Neck – What is This Ugly Hump?”

  1. Hello Wanda,

    I recommend seeing a practitioner who can take an x-ray of your neck (many chiropractors have on-site xrays), because one common cause of neck hump is a reversed neck curve from a past trauma (usually ‘minor’ car accidents). The only way to diagnose this is with an xray. I cover neck hump, all the causes, who to go to for help and exercises to improve in my online best-selling course Neck Hump – How to get rid of the fat at the top of your back

    I hope to see you inside the course. Good question!


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