Cervical collars - Neck braces
Cervical collars, also known as neck braces, are used to immobilize the head and neck. Typically they are used in this situations:
To Relieve Pain – The cervical collar helps support the weight of the head while the tissues in the neck have a chance to recover.
After Neck Surgery – A cervical brace keeps the spinal bones aligned correctly while the neck heals.
After an Accident – If a patient injures his or her neck, a medical professional may use a neck collar brace to prevent any further injury.
When to use a cervical collar
Cervical collars are commonly used for neck injuries, such as whiplash. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck, and is also known as a neck sprain. It’s often a result of car accidents where the head is thrown forward suddenly, straining the muscles in the neck. After serious car accidents, victims are often placed in a neck collar for precautionary measures. If you experience head or neck pain, check with your doctor to determine the source of your symptoms before using a cervical collar.