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.
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.
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.
Understand these instructions.
Will watch your condition.
Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.