Cervical Orthosis refers to orthopedic appliance or apparatus used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities or to improve function of movable parts of the body. Cervical orthosis a rigid plastic orthosis that encircles the neck and supports the chin and the back of the head; used in the treatment of injuries to the cervical spine. It is can also be defined as an orthosis designed to limit cervical spine motion to varying degrees, for example, a soft cervical collar.
Neck pain is one of the most prevalent and costly health problems in Kenya. It remains a complex, subjective experience with a variety of musculoskeletal causes. Although, cervical collars are a seemingly benign intervention, they can have adverse effects, especially when used for longer periods of time.
It is feared that a long period of immobilization, can result in atrophy-related secondary damage. Many physicians cite anecdotal evidence of their clinical utility and soft cervical collars are often prescribed by convention for patients complaining of neck pain.