September 28, 2019
You see them on people all the time – those big stiff collars that keep someone’s head from moving.
They are often prescribed after a car accident, a sports injury or a fall, for whiplash or a soft tissue injury to the neck. They look uncomfortable. More and more of us are questioning whether they should be used at all.
Neck pain is one of the most prevalent and costly health problems. Although, cervical collars are a seemingly benign intervention, they can have adverse effects, especially when used for longer periods of time.
The concern is that a long period of immobilization can result in atrophy-related secondary damage. Continued usage can cause the muscles in the neck to weaken because the collar is actually taking the place of those muscles.
Some studies have even shown that the use of a cervical collar may actually prolong the recovery process. In fact, many patients with whiplash injuries have persistent pain for at least 6 weeks. Studies show that soft cervical collars do not change the duration or degree of pain.
So how should you treat a neck injury?
If you know someone wearing one of these fashion accessories, encourage them to call us for a no obligation consultation. We promise to give them the same high quality care that you’ve come to expect.