This site is dedicated to finding braces to support joints of the body that become compromised in some way. When thinking of joints in our body, I’m guessing that the neck doesn’t spring to mind for most of us as being a joint. However…. it is! It’s considered to be a “pivot” joint, and as is the case with all joints, it’s susceptible to damage from a variety of causes. I will take a closer look at purposes for using a cervical spine support brace in this article.
What comes to your mind when you think of neck pain, and when would you need to support your neck with a brace?
- At the top of my list would be whiplash, which is a big reason to search out a source for a cervical spine support brace. Cervical collars are your best bet for fast recovery from a whiplash, and apart from exercise and physical therapy for accelerating the recovery process, a doctor often advises the use of a soft cervical collar to treat whiplashes.
- Nerve damage from Cervical Radiculopathy. This can be a very painful disease and a proper neck brace can give the nerves time to heal.
- Recovery from neck surgery. After having an operation on such a delicate area as the neck, it can be imperative to immobilize the entire neck to allow time for full healing.
- Long term and built up stress and tension. Almost 85% of all neck pain results from acute or repetitive neck injuries or chronic stresses and strain. Sometimes, accumulated stress to neck muscles will cause them to seize up and severely limit your range of motion. Taking pressure off already strained muscles with a neck brace will not only give some relief, but allow the nerves and muscles to recover. However, a brace for this type of issue may not be the appropriate fix – make sure you consult a therapist of your choosing before deciding on this course of action.
- Disc herniation or other cervical vertebrae issues. Again, with any neck issue, whether it needs support after surgery or aid in healing and repairing – a proper cervical brace for immobilization is the key.
Always Get Professional Advice
With some joint injuries, we can self-diagnose, such as with simple muscle fatigue, soreness, light sprains or strains, and find our own brace for support and comfort. However, with the neck, since it involves an area very close to the spinal cord, I strongly urge you to consult someone qualified who will firstly, make sure there isn’t deeper damage that may affect the spinal cord, and secondly, to recommend the correct type of cervical brace.
If you have a unique medical problem with your neck that I haven’t mentioned here, and are here to research a cervical brace, I would be interested to hear about it. Please leave your story below and I will respond asap.
Thank you for stopping by and – be well!