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Cervical Collars: Helpful Fashion Statement?

Woman touching neck.

While cervical collars have their place, if you’ve injured your neck, give us a call.

Neck pain is one of the most prevalent and costly health problems. Although, cervical collars are a seemingly benign intervention, they can have adverse effects, especially when used for longer periods of time.

The concern is that a long period of immobilization can result in atrophy-related secondary damage. Continued usage can cause the muscles in the neck to weaken because the collar is actually taking the place of those muscles.

Some studies have even shown that the use of a cervical collar may actually prolong the recovery process. In fact, many patients with whiplash injuries have persistent pain for at least 6 weeks. Studies show that soft cervical collars do not change the duration or degree of pain.

So how should you treat a neck injury?

  • Get in to see us. The sooner proper spinal, muscle and joint function are restored, the better.
  • Try to keep your neck moving in as normal a fashion as possible; this helps keep the muscles from stiffening.
  • If you’re inclined to use a cervical collar, limit its use to less than a week.
  • Perform gentle stretching exercises that help support the neck muscles/joints.
  • Continue with your normal daily routine and activities; try not to “baby” the injury.

If you know someone wearing one of these fashion accessories, encourage them to call us for a no obligation consultation. We promise to give them the same high quality care that you’ve come to expect.

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