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Soft Cervical Collar


A soft cervical collar is a device that helps prevent movement of your neck. It is made of soft foam, wraps around your neck, and fastens in the back.


How to use your soft cervical collar:

Ask how long you should wear your soft cervical collar. As your pain gets better, you may be able to remove the collar for a short time each day. This time will increase until you no longer need the collar. Do the following to put on your soft cervical collar:

  • Look straight ahead and keep your chin parallel to the floor.
  • Fit the collar snugly around your neck.
  • Attach the fasteners at the back of your neck.
  • Make sure that you can breathe comfortably.
  • If the collar feels too tight, remove it and put it on again.
  • Put cotton padding between the collar and your skin if the collar irritates your skin.

Prevent neck pain or injury:

  • Limit activity: This may help decrease your pain and swelling. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal daily activities.
  • Support your neck while you sleep: You may need to sleep without a pillow if you sleep with your collar on. Make sure your pillow is comfortable and supports your head and neck if you sleep without a collar. You may need a special neck pillow. You may be more comfortable on a firm mattress.
  • Support your neck and back if you sit most of the day: Keep your computer monitor at eye level. Place documents you are reading into a holder at eye level. Use a headset when you talk on the telephone.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your arm or hand is numb, tingles, or is weak.
  • You have questions or concerns about how to use your soft cervical collar.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • You cannot move your arm or hand.

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