What Is a Cervical Collar Used For and Are There Side Effects

What Is A Cervical Collar Used For?

A cervical collar is a device used to reduce the risk of cervical spine injury or even death due to spinal cord compression. It consists of two parts: a neck brace and a back support belt. The neck brace keeps your head from moving forward during movement, while the back support belt holds it in place when not in use. The brace and belt are worn together at all times.

The neck brace is made up of several pieces, including a strap with buckles on both sides; a buckle attached to the strap; and a metal ring with an adjustable clasp (the “collar”). When you wear the collar, it fits tightly around your throat so that air cannot escape through your mouth. If there is no space between the collar and your shirt collar, then you will need to buy one separately.

The back support belt is made up of several straps connected to each other with buckles. You put the belt around your waist and loop it over your hips, keeping it tight. Then you wrap the buckle around your chest and fasten it to the belt. Finally, you tie off the ends of the belts with a knot at their end.

The buckle on top allows you to adjust its position so that it stays in place while walking or working out.

How Does a Cervical Collar Work?

The neck brace is used to stabilize the spine. When it is worn during impact, it reduces the risk of spinal cord injuries by keeping the head from moving excessively. The back support belt can also prevent the head from moving too much. The collar and belt are designed to provide maximum comfort and flexibility for exercise and daily life activities.

Rehabilitation is an important factor when using a neck brace. Many people experience pain and discomfort when they wear a neck brace for the first time. This type of brace is often used to support a weakened or injured spine, so it is important not to overdo it when you first begin using one.

Wearers of a neck brace should always consult their doctor before beginning a new activity or exercise routine. They may also advise you against some activities that put too much pressure on your neck or spine, such as weightlifting or contact sports.

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Cervical radiculopathy: Pain, muscle weakness and sensory loss in patients with cervical radiculopathy treated with surgery, physiotherapy or cervical collar A … by LCG Persson, U Moritz, L Brandt, CA Carlsson – European Spine Journal, 1997 – Springer

The effect of a rigid collar on intracranial pressure by G Davies, C Deakin, A Wilson – Injury, 1996 – Elsevier

The effect of a cervical collar on the tidal volume of anaesthetised adult patients by FM Dodd, E Simon, D McKeown, MR Patrick – Anaesthesia, 1995 – Wiley Online Library

The effect on laryngoscopy of different cervical spine immobilization techniques by KJ Heath – Anaesthesia, 1994 – Wiley Online Library

Development of a modified cervical collar to eliminate overheating and dysphagia side effects by EM Rondinelli, KJ Hodgson, SL Ballash… – 2015 – ideaexchange.uakron.edu

Cervical collar having multiple sizes by S Calabrese – US Patent 6,663,581, 2003 – Google Patents