Orthopaedic Neck Brace Facts

Neck braces are commonly used for neck injuries to provide support for neck and back pain, as well as headaches. They alleviate tension on your neck and spine, and keep your head relatively still if you’re recovering from an injury or you are in need relief from pain.

Neck Support Collar Uses

The most common reasons you may require a neck brace include:

Neck pain relief: A neck brace helps your neck support the weight of your head; this gives the muscles in your neck a breather, as well as a chance to heal. They may also be used to alleviate tension-related headaches.

Post-surgery: If you’ve undergone spinal neck surgery, you will need a sturdy brace to provide support and keep your muscles reasonably relaxed from the trauma. It will also keep your neck bones in place so that they can heal.

In an accident: Paramedics may place a neck brace on you if you’ve had a serious accident as a precautionary measure to prevent against further injury. A neck fracture or break can be severe, and medical professionals need to ensure that your spine and neck are protected as far as possible until you arrive at a hospital.

Neck Brace Best Practices

Like with any orthotic device, there are plenty of different kinds of neck braces. They can range from basic soft neck collars with protective sponge, to solid, hard plastic with additional padding. Your doctor will recommend the correct one for your situation, and give you an indication of how long you must wear the brace daily, as well as overall.  

  • Any body hair (head and beard) should be kept out of the neck brace when you’re wearing it. The hair will increase the number of times you have to clean the brace, and might alter the way the brace fits.
  • Keep your skin clean and dry under the brace. This should be done using mild soap and a clean, dry towel. The addition of lotions or powders may cause damage to the material on the neck brace.
  • Always check for skin irritation when you remove your neck brace.
  • Your brace should be kept clean – there will be instructions from your doctor or orthotist on how to do this.

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