Cervical Collar

A cervical collar is used to hold the head and neck still. This may be a soft, thick collar or a more rigid hard collar. This can keep your sore neck muscles from hurting. The collar also protects you in case a more serious injury of the neck is present and can not be seen yet on an x-ray.

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLAR USE:

  • Attach the Velcro tab in back.

  • Make it tight enough to support part of the weight of your chin.

  • Do not make it so tight that it hurts or makes it hard to breathe.

  • Wear it until you are comfortable without it or as instructed.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ice packs to the neck or areas of pain approximately 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes while awake. Do this for 2 days. Ask your physician if you may remove the cervical collar for bathing or ice.

  • Do not remove any collar unless instructed by a caregiver. Ask if the collar may be removed for showering or eating.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not drive a car until given permission by your caregiver.

  • Follow all instructions for follow-up with your caregiver. This includes any referrals, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Any delay in obtaining necessary care could result in a delay or failure of the injury to heal properly.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop increasing pain.

  • You develop problems using your arms or legs or have tingling or other funny feelings in them.

  • You develop loss of strength in either of your arms or legs or have difficulty walking.

  • You develop a fever or shaking chills.

  • You lose control of your bowels or bladder.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.