The Hard Cervical Collar is a similar design to the soft collars, but are constructed out of plexiglass. They are easily applied and are easy to keep clean, an advantage over the plastic collar. This type of collar is also supplied in different sizes to fit the patient. These collars restrict motion in flexion and extension. They not only support the chin but also the occiput, reducing active extension, especially in the end phase. A drawback of the Hard Cervical Collar is that they potentially can cause venous outflow obstruction, which may elevate intracranial pressure. If there is a clear evidence of an increased intracranial pressure, the collar should be removed or re-positioned.
Hard Cervical Collar
A hard cervical collar supports your neck and limits your neck movement. This protects your spine.
A hard collar works better than a soft one to limit your neck movement.
A hard cervical collar is used for spine problems or injuries. It limits forward and backward movement more than a soft one does.
Hard collars are sometimes used to support a person’s neck right after an injury. They also may be used for neck strain. Hard collars can be used for degenerative disc disease or some types of bone fractures. They can also support the neck after surgery.
You may get a hard cervical collar after you have used a halo brace. A halo brace attaches to your head. It provides very stiff support of your neck.
A cervical collar fits from your chin to your breastbone (sternum). It extends from the base of your head down to the top of your back. Sometimes, the top of the collar fits tightly around the lower jaw.
Your doctor can make sure that your cervical collar is the right size and fit. This will provide the best support for your spine.
Some types of cervical braces cover more of your body. These braces limit your neck movement even more.
Problems from using your collar can usually be treated by your doctor. They include:
- Skin sores from pressure or moisture.
- Trouble with balance and seeing where you are walking.
- Weakness in your neck muscles.
- Problems swallowing and eating.