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Cervical Collars

 

Cervical (neck) collars are sometimes used to support the neck for a short time. They may be soft and made from felt, foam, or rubber, or they may be hard and made from plastic. Soft collars allow some movement of the neck.

Cervical collars are of limited value in neck treatment. They:

  • Can occasionally be helpful after a sprain (for a brief period) and are sometimes used after surgery.
  • Should not be worn instead of correcting poor workplace design.

 

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Last Revised August 2, 2010

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