Cervical collars are used to support the neck and limit your movement so that any injuries can heal safely and you don't accidentally cause more harm to your neck. The range of conditions a neck collar can help with is wide. Some of them are:
- cervical fractures
- whiplash after car accidents
- unstable cervical spine
- osteoarthritis in the neck
- rheumatic pain
- recovery after neck surgery
The way cervical collars work is by limiting the cervical spine motion, keeping the neck in a neutral position, therefore allowing it to heal without any further strain on the cervical spine. Apart from offering neck immobilization, soft collars also take some of the strain of holding up the head and chin, relieving pressure on the neck. This can offer great pain relief for trauma patients.
But cervical collars are not only used for patients with some kind of neck injury. There are conditions that can cause neck pain without any previous trauma, such as osteoarthritis. This inflammation of the bone doesn't just benefit from the support but also from the warmth that a soft collar provides.