Q: How do you get rid of buffalo hump naturally?

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Buffalo hump refers to a lump of fat that develops at the top of the back between the shoulders. It can arise from an increase in cortisol or glucocorticoid (hormones produced by the adrenal gland) levels in the bloodstream. Common causes of elevated cortisol levels include the use of prescription oral corticosteroid drugs; Cushing’s syndrome, a condition affecting the pituitary gland; and osteoporosis, characterized by thinning and weakening of the bones.

Treatment for buffalo hump may not be necessary in itself unless the underlying reason for the buffalo hump is a disease that requires treatment. Talk to your doctor about what might be causing your buffalo hump.

Along with your doctor’s recommended treatment, you may be able to reduce buffalo hump through lifestyle changes such as:

  • Eating a sensible diet that includes calcium and vitamin D to help strengthen bones

  • Exercising regularly with low-impact activities such as tai chi or water aerobics

  • Losing weight to help reduce fat accumulation due to obesity

  • Easing joint and muscle pain through hot baths or massages

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  1. Cushing syndrome. Mayo Clinic.
  2. Hump on upper back (dorsocervical fat pad). Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.