My Neck Has a Hump. Is That Normal?
Summit Orthopedics physician assistant Brendan Murphy, PA-C, gives advice on what to do if you notice a hump on your neck.
As you’re walking by a mirror, you notice that your neck doesn’t seem as straight as it used to. Is it the result of too many hours spent hunched over a computer? Or is it a sign of something more serious? Summit Orthopedics physician assistant Brendan Murphy, PA-C, explains what you should do if you notice a curve or hump in your neck.
Many different things can cause a hump in the neck. “Some are normal, and others aren’t normal, especially when they are combined with pain,” Brendan said. “The most important piece of advice I have is to see a healthcare provider for evaluation. That’s the best way to find out what’s causing your neck to curve.”
Possible neck hump causes
A healthy spine has a gentle curve that helps you move normally. Poor posture and muscle tension can create a hunched appearance, but there are also several spine conditions that could cause the neck to curve. Some examples include:
- Scoliosis — This condition causes the spine to curve from side to side into an “s” or a “c” shape, rather than running in a straight line.
- Kyphosis — Better known as “hunchback,” this type of spinal deformity can develop over time.
- Lordosis — Also called “swayback,” this condition causes the lower back to curve more than normal.
- Soft-tissue masses — These can be benign or cancerous.
Other neck hump causes
If the neck hump is also accompanied by some narrowing of the spinal canal — called spinal stenosis — there are several treatment options available, including minimally invasive surgery and other procedures.
The first step, in each case, is getting a professional opinion. “Your primary care provider can evaluate all of these problems,” Brendan said.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized Summit’s spine care team for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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