How long do cervical patients need to wear cervical collars?

- Dec 25, 2019-

Cervical spondylosis is a neurological dysfunction caused by compression of the vertebral artery, nerve root or cervical spinal cord due to prolonged cervical strain, intervertebral prolapse, bone hyperplasia, and ligament thickening. Such patients are often clinically performed with anterior cervical spine surgery. For patients undergoing cervical spine surgery, cervical collars are usually worn for 1-3 months after surgery. Wear a neck brace when you get up and remove it when you are in bed. When wearing a cervical collar, reading, reading newspapers, etc. are not affected, and the neck can still be in a resting state. However, cervical collar fixation is not very reliable, and it is not suitable for some patients with high external fixation requirements after cervical spine surgery.

The wearing time of the cervical collar should be determined according to the condition. Don't think that wearing it for a long time is conducive to recovery. In general, neck instability caused by soft tissue damage requires a cervical collar for 2 to 3 weeks; neck instability is required for 6 to 8 weeks, and the maximum time should not exceed 3 months. Because wearing for a long time can cause neck stiffness, muscle and ligament atrophy.

If it has not been fixed for 3 months, it means that this external fixation is not suitable for the disease and should be changed to internal fixation, that is, surgical fixation.

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