Sunday, April 10, 2011

Neck Braces, Rigid Collars, Cervical Orthoses - A Guide on Bracing The C-Spine - Part 4

Who Uses a Rigid Collar?

Someone that needs motion control in their cervical spine. In comparison to the soft collar, rigid cervical orthoses (braces) are used for more serious conditions. Yes, they are more supportive than a soft collar, but rigid collars are still not considered to be a the cervical brace that provides optimum cervical spine control. The CTO (cervical thoracic orthosis) and Halo can inhibit more movement than a rigid collar. The CTO and Halo need to be considered when motion control is a must and a clear understanding of the diagnosis will help to determine when each brace is needed. When instability is at a critical level, a CTO and Halo need to be considered.

What Are The Different Brand Names of Rigid Collars?

Common brand names you may hear of are the Atlas, Aspen, PMT and Miami J cervical collars. The purposes of this article, we are not going to comment on which rigid collar is better than the next, but these collars mentioned here are commonly used today in medical settings, on a daily basis.

Where Do You Get A Rigid Collar?

We recommend that you get a rigid cervical collar from a licensed orthotist in your area. Why? These individuals are brace specialists and can provide you with the most detailed information about your new orthopedic orthosis. These individuals are medically trained in the field of orthotics, which surrounds the field of orthopedic bracing. Nothing else gets focused on besides orthoses (braces) in this industry.

Other individuals that may work in hospitals may provide collars, but the best detailed advice regarding braces still lays in the hands of an orthotist, on a day to day basis. - We always use the example of your automobile, if you drive. (It is a general example that will get the point across more clearly for you.) If you own a car, and you wanted to get top notch service, wouldn't you take it to a specialist? Or, would anybody be qualified to do the work? - We think you know the answer for yourself. Why not do the same with orthopedic braces that you need for medical reasons. Your health is considered to be more important than that of your car, so why not treat a bracing scenario in the same way?

Note: This is health information. For medical advice on bracing, it is best to speak to with a local, licensed orthotist. When you need to get medical advice on your particular situation, then it is best to speak these individuals.

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