Soft Cervical Collar
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 31, 2022.
What is a soft cervical collar?
A soft cervical collar is a device that helps limit the movement of your neck. The collar is made of soft foam, wraps around your neck, and fastens in the back. You may need to use a soft cervical collar if you have a neck injury or arthritis.
How do I use a 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.
How can I prevent more injury and pain?
- 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.
When should I seek immediate care?
- You have severe pain, or pain that does not get better even with treatment.
- You cannot move your arm or hand.
- You feel lightheaded, dizzy, or weak.
When should I call my doctor?
- Your arm or hand is numb, tingles, or is weak.
- You have questions or concerns about how to use your soft cervical collar.
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