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Neck Braces - Cervical Collars

Neck supports are ideal for reducing pain, swelling, promoting proper healing and recovery. Choose from several top brands and styles of neck braces and cervical collars.

Cervical collars are neck braces that completely immobilize the neck and cervical area. These neck immobilization products are either rigid or soft, depending on the intended purpose and physicians recommendations. Choose the correct neck support for your specific needs below!

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Neck & Cervical Braces an Overview1

Neck braces are medical devices that help support the neck and sometimes the head. They range in function from the light reduction of movement through both mechanical means and reminding the user not to move their head to immobilization of the head by rigid materials that prevent moving about.

They are used after an injury to temporarily restrain head movements, after spinal surgery to keep the vertebra aligned, and with certain medical conditions that affect the neck. A doctor will recommend how long they should be used.

Protective collars and braces are sometimes used to help prevent or lessen injuries for certain high-risk sports, such as Motocross, go-kart racing, or speed-boat racing. Neck posture braces are also available.

What is neck support for?

A neck support brace can help with the following:

  • Relieve the symptoms of whiplash
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Neck or head injuries
  • Relieve neck pain

How does it work?

  • Thick foam or rigid plastic create restrictions to movements
  • In the case of skeletal damage, bones are held in place so they can heal
  • For muscle damage, movement is restricted to not over-extended damaged tissue

Features and Benefits

  • Foam cushioning
  • Helps prevent injury after surgery
  • Limits rotation
  • Limits side-to-side movement
  • Limits forward and backward movement
  • Relieves neck pain
  • Stabilizes spine after an aggravated head or neck injury

What types are there?

There are two main categories or cervical collar types, soft - both foam-based and inflatable - and hard, with several subcategories under hard. These include the Philidelphia, the Miami J, the Malibu, and the Aspen.

There are also cervical braces designed to immobilize the head. These include the Sterno-occipital-mandibular Immobilization Device (SOMI) and the Halo device.

Aspen Collar
Aspen Collar
(Hard Collar)
Philadelphia Collar
(Hard Collar)

Who should use one

  • People who have had spinal surgery
  • Those who experience moderate to severe neck pain
  • Anyone who needs extra support throughout the day

When to wear

Wear as directed by a physician. These collars should generally be worn around the clock (except for when they are being cleaned). Wear them at night, during bathing or showering (bathing is usually easier with a neck brace on), and throughout the day.

Neck brace for sleeping

  • Soft neck collars can be used to support the neck while sleeping. This helps alleviate muscles that are sore upon waking
  • Hard collars should be worn at night according to a doctor's orders
  • Firm mattresses help keep the neck in position while using a neck brace

Soft cervical collars side effects

Unless directed to do so otherwise by a physician, a soft collar should not be worn for more than one week. Doing so can cause the neck muscles to stiffen and become weak. Stiff, weakened muscles can lead to more pain.

Sometimes these collars can cause breathing difficulties or skin irritations from chafing.

Vitality Medical carries a variety of cervical collars for neck pain for sale.

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