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Lump on Back of Neck

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The word ‘lump’ basically means an elevated structure that may occur in any part of the body. It is a type of localized enlargement, or an abnormal protrusion of the skin. Lump on back of neck is certainly an unwelcome change as it interferes with the normal movement of the neck. Neck stiffness is commonly associated with this type of lump. Usually the lump hurts and causes sharp shooting pain when touched. However, in some cases, people with lump on back of neck do not experience any pain. In other words, it is painless and does not hinder the day-to-day activities of the person. The lumps that usually appear on the back of neck are bean shaped and about the size of a pea.

Lump on Back of Neck
Lump on Back of Neck

Lump on Back of Neck – Causes
If there is a lump on back of neck, which is a source of constant burning sensation, don’t ignore it. Finding the cause of this neck problem is important to get rid of the discomfort associated with it. Some of the most common causes are given below:

Injury to the Tendon or the Muscles
A torn or damaged tendon (tissues that join the muscles with the bones) can be one of the reasons behind the occurrence of a small lump on back of neck. The muscles and tendons are responsible for giving the body a proper shape. This is true as long as the muscles remain in their original position. However, any injury that leads to torn or ruptured muscle or tendon displaces it from its normal position, which then forms a lump. So, one can say that ‘lump’ formation indicates that the associated muscles or tendons are badly affected. The damaged part of the muscle protrudes outwards, forming a large lump. Muscle tear inside the neck can also cause internal bleeding, depending upon the severity of the injury. Strenuous exercises for a long time or trauma such as an accident are some of the factors that can cause muscle tear.

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Swollen lymph nodes is another factor that could bring this unwanted protrusion on back of neck. As we all know, the lymphatic system (a part of the immune system) is a dense interconnected network of vessels that circulate a fluid known as lymph, throughout the body. The fluid (lymph) is primarily made up of white blood cells (lymphocytes) that protect the body against various infections. The lymph nodes (components of the immune system) are bean shaped structures, consisting mainly of lymphatic tissues that occur in different parts of the body including the neck, underarm, groin and the abdomen.

Also known as the lymph glands, the lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid when it passes through them, thereby removing bacteria and other impurities, which get collected in these lymph nodes. As lymph nodes also produce white blood cells, the accumulated bacteria in the lymph nodes are destroyed and are eventually disposed off through the urinary bladder. However, if bacteria accumulate in large numbers in the lymph nodes, it can trigger a localized infection in these parts. This may lead to swelling of the lymph nodes. Thus, these enlarged nodes can cause lump on back of neck. Read more on causes of swollen lymph nodes.

Lymphoma
Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. In this condition, the white blood cells in the fluid (lymph) begin to multiply uncontrollably. As the cancerous cells grow in number they accumulate in one of many lymph nodes, forming a tumor. This tumor is seen as bulged out mass on the skin. When the lymph node in the neck is affected, a hard lump on back of neck is observed. Read more on symptoms of lymphoma.

Proper diagnosis is the key to eliminate lump on back of neck. In most cases, swelling in the neck is the result of a pulled muscle. Application of ice and taking adequate rest can help relieve pain and discomfort. However, unexplained persistent swelling, in the form of lump requires consultation with a doctor and the condition needs to be treated immediately to prevent further complications.

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1 Response to “Lump on Back of Neck”

  1. Scared
    2011.05.09 19:33

    i have one of these and i’m still scared! 8-O

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