Neck Collars Come In A Variety Of Styles And Functions
Neck collars can vary from soft to rigid and can serve functions from stabilization to providing traction.
In a study published in Spine. 22(7):751-758, April 1, 1997, 81 patients with neck and arm pain of at least 3 months’ duration, and the distribution of the arm pain corresponded to a nerve that was significantly compressed by cervical spondylosis with or without an additional bulging disc, was verified by magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomographic myelography. The study concluded that treatment of patients with long-lasting radiating neck pain or pinched nerve, it appears that neck collars, physiotherapy, or surgery are equally effective in the long term.
A survey published in the British Journal of Rheumatology. 1991 Aug;30(4):282-4, 124 orthopaedic, rheumatology, medical and accident and emergency outpatients were prescribed neck collars during a 3-month period. Instructions received about when to wear collars differed widely, especially between medical specialties. Most patients (76%) found benefit in wearing the collar. Pain was the symptom helped most (78%). Problems with the collars were common, many being hot (69%) and uncomfortable (48%). 33% had difficulty putting collars on.
In A Randomized Parallel Group Trial – Neck Collar, “Act-as-Usual” or Active Mobilization for Whiplash Injury? Spine Volume 32, Number 6, pp 618-626 2007, this study indicated that a neck collar and active mobilization treatment after a whiplash injury had similar effects regarding prevention of pain, disability, and work capability 1 year after a whiplash injury. The collar used was the philadelphia collar and the participants were instructed to wear it during all waking hours during a 2-week period. Participants could maintain normal activity to the degree this was possible while the neck was immobilized.
There are neck collars that are designed to hold the head up in conditions like MS, ALS or Torticollis. These collars come in sizes for adults and children and are adjustable providing solutions for some of the most difficult conditions.
There are collars that are inflatable, thereby providing adjustable height and traction. Traction can help with conditions like herniated discs, pinched nerves and can be used to relax the neck by taking head pressure off, easing sore and tired muscles. You can compare these air neck traction models in helping to decide which is best for you.
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