The cervical spine is
a very critical part of your body. The cervical area is the junction
of all the nerves of the body parts to carry the messages or impulses
to the brain. The bones of the spine protect the spinal cord that
runs down through the spinal canal. All important nerves of sensation
and strength of arms and legs, and those controlling the bladder and
the bowel movements are carried through the spinal cord. An injury to
the area can cause severe damage to the nerves resulting in
complications that can cost you and you may become weak and fragile
in the coming days.
The injury to the nerves in the area
can happen due to a herniated disc or the protruding disc on the
nerves in the spinal canal. How can your cervical collar prevent your
injury to the nerves?
Before we understand
how the collar protects the neck from injury, lets have a discussion
on the herniated neck. In herniation or bulging disc due to old age
or injury, the bones of the vertebra joints of the spine near the
neck compress and expand hurting the nerves or muscles attached. This
can result in pain and more complications. Now if you go on moving
your neck without caution, the disc may injure the nerves more and
more and you will moan in pain.
Hence, the cervical collar provided by
your doctor or physiotherapist fits your neck. It is rigid support
and doesn't allow you to make movements of your neck. For this
reason, the collars are provided as a treatment option for neck pain,
if you don't move, there is less possibility of the nerves to get
hurt and deteriorating more. The collar is made up of plastic that
has an anatomical structure to catch the neck in shape.