Do you have a surgery coming up and you will need a cervical collar for support?
Maybe you have neck pain currently and are looking for something to help you control your neck pain?
1.) Rigid Cervical Collars
Many times when a person is going in to have surgery, their physician may request for the patient to get a rigid cervical collar. This is because they want to give you support, either before or after a surgery. This will help control pain issues and also help to protect the surgeons work after a surgery. – What these braces do is help to limit flexion of the cervical spine and they do this by controlling the motion of your chin and mandible.
2.) Soft Collars
After the use of a rigid cervical collar, a physician might then request that you use a soft collar. This is a typical weaning process for a patient. Sometimes people actually move out of a rigid collar and are free, unless they want the extra support that a soft collar can provide. Typically, soft collars are not used for more serious cervical issues. If you have a cervical issue that needs more support, your physician might request for you to get a "rigid collar", CTO (cervical thoracic orthosis) or halo.
3.) Rigid Collars Compared to Other Neck Braces
There are many common names for a rigid collar. For example, some of the most popular rigid collars today are called the: Miami J collar, Aspen collar or an Atlas collar. The purpose of this article is not to tell you which one is best, but each of these is considered to be a rigid collar.
Other neck braces (cervical orthoses) exist. such as the Aspen CTO or Halo orthosis. The most common halo orthoses are known as a Bremer Halo (manufactured by Depuy) or the PMT halo. Again, the purpose of this article is not to take sides, but rather we are telling you some of the commonly known types of cervical orthoses available to patient's today.
4.) Work With An Orthotist – Brace Companies at Your Service!
It is important for patient's to work with a licensed brace provider in their area, known as an orthotist. These individuals are experts in the field of orthotics, which is the medical discipline of bracing. You would be surprised to note that there is a lot of detail in the orthotics field. If you want to work with an expert, find your local, licensed orthostist.
Note: This is health information. Not medical advice. Speak to your local, licensed orthostis for medical advice on neck braces.