Neck braces, also known as cervical collars are usually used to support and protect your neck (Cervical Spine) but immobilising and supporting the head. Neck braces can range from simple, soft wrap-a-round collars to supportive braces held in place by rigid plastic and a padded under layer.
Neck braces can be used for a variety of reasons:
- Post neck surgery
- Nerve compression
- Whiplash and trauma
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Aid neck position and alignment due to weakness
- General neck pain or stiffness
Correct wear and care of your collar:
- When wearing the brace you should ensure a snug fit of the brace to ensure you can not excessively move your head.
- Ensure that your chin does not rest on the inside of the collar.
- For rigid neck braces the lower section on your chest should be comfortable and not dig in leaving red marks or high pressure areas.
- Before wear ensure the area under the collar is kept clean and dry, avoid lotions as these can affect the padding of the brace.
- When the brace is removed check the area under the brace for signs of excessive redness or pressure. Excessive pressure is classed as any red marks which have not disappeared after 30 minutes of brace removal.
- Keep the brace clean to avoid bacteria build up.
Total Body Orthotics offers face-to-face clinical assessments for the provision, measurements and fitting of a wide range of orthotic devices from insoles to fully customised Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFOs). Appointments are based at our clinic at The Arcade, High Street, Eccleshall , Staffordshire, ST21 6BZ. There is a £50 assessment fee to access this service.
If you have purchased a device from us and are struggling with fitting or wear we also provide free online Zoom consultations with our orthotist where we can provide remote support and advice where possible.