Soft & Hard Collars

No doubt everyone has seen someone in a Cervical Collar at some point in their lifetime. Soft Collars are worn as “reminders” to keep your neck in the correct postural position and to provide limited support and stabilization for your neck. The consensus I read among the medical community is to limit your use of collars and to keep moving.

Spinal fluids require movement to allow for healing as there is no vascular supply to the discs after the 2nd to 3rd decade of life (essentially by age 25). Hard collars such as the Philadelphia and Miami collars are generally used after surgical procedures. I believe collar use in chronic conditions should be supervised by a Physician. Having said that – listen to your body, I use a soft collar infrequently, but it serves as a great reminder while driving.

Posted by on Jul 17th, 2008 and filed under Neck Pain. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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