What are cervical braces? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Cervical braces (also known as cervical collars or neck braces) are medical devices that are used to provide support to a person’s head and heck.
There are two types of cervical collars, a hard collar or a soft collar. The soft collars are less restraining, which gives the patient a better range of motion and the opportunity to use their neck on a more regular basis. These types of collars are used to control pain after an injury, such as whiplash.
The hard collars are ones that you’ll often see used in emergency situations when a person has undergone a traumatic injury to the head or neck. The goal of these is to limit motion as much as possible, to prevent greater damage. Hard collars are also often used after surgery or when there are fractures or dislocations present.
If you are prescribed by your doctor to wear a cervical brace, make sure you know how to use it and wear it as much as your doctor indicates for the best results.
For more information on these devices, contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com.