Why Do I Need a Philadelphia Collar Neck Brace?
Your neck’s muscles, tendons, and bones all work diligently to support the weight of your head, which on average weighs about 10lbs - making it no surprise the large list of injuries/conditions that your cervical spine can endure. Wearing cervical spine devices are good treatment options to help ease your symptoms while also keeping your neck region immobilized. This, in turn, helps reduce the chance of your injury from recurring as well as relieving the tensions in your neck.
You may be wondering why this brace is referred to as a ‘philadelphia neck collar.’ There are many different cervical neck collars (aspen, philadelphia, miami-j, halo braces) that all feature unique traits. Philadelphia collars are two-piece collars that allow easy application due to the Velcro closures. These collars feature a chin rest to maximize the amount of support and immobilization of the brace and also has a hole for ventilation/medical respiratory reasons. Read more below about the additional features of our BraceAbility Philadelphia Neck Collar.
Features of This Two Piece Cervical Collar for a Broken Neck
Medical Neck Brace is Comprised of Lightweight Cell Foam Material
This kind of head and spine straightener is comprised of a soft, foam material making it comfortable against the skin. Since many individuals may need to wear this neck splint for a long period of time, this foam material helps prevent any uncomfortable or irritating rubbing against the skin.
The foam material of the neck device makes it tolerable enough to sleep in the collar. Many individuals, especially those recovering from neck surgery will need 24/7 correction but make sure you speak with your doctor before sleeping in your brace to see if it’s advised for your specific condition. We also suggest placing a pillow underneath to supply support to your shoulders while sleeping in the brace, laying on your back, and even sleeping in a recliner chair to help you sleep better.
Hard Cervical Collar Features a Perforated Hole at the Front
This back brace for neck pain features a perforated hole at the front to allow extra breathability of the brace as it maximizes ventilation to your cervical vertebra region. The hole also gives access to the trachea, pulse, and bandaging in the case of an emergency/medical issue.
Cervical Fracture Collar is Great for Using During an X-Ray, CT/MRI Scan
This lightweight philadelphia collar can be used during an X-ray, CT scan, and an MRI scan making it a great tool for medical professions in determining the underlying cause of their patient’s neck pain.
Neck Immobilizer Brace is Water Resistant
The foam material of this head support for both men and women is waterproof, making it easy for an individual to bathe or shower while recovering from their neck injury. It also can be worn during aqua therapy, which may be a suggestion from your doctor.
Velcro Closures of This Neck Collar Allows for Easy Application
This semi-rigid brace features Velcro closures to secure the collar on your neck. These closures allow a simple application and can be tightened or loosened, depending on the level of compression your body needs.
How Does This Immobilizing Cervical Collar Neck Brace Help...
Treat a Broken Neck/Cervical Fracture?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a break in your neck, also known as a cervical fracture, it’s likely you will be told you have to wear a neck brace for 6 to 8 weeks. Wearing a stiff collar will help correct the break in your bone while also preventing any forward movement or irritation of your injury.
After Whiplash (Neck Strain)?
Many individuals that have been in a car accident will experience some sort of whiplash, straining the soft tissues in their neck. In addition, athletes that participate in sports such as football, boxing, karate, horseback riding, and karate have a higher chance of a whiplash injury. If you have a severe whiplash injury, wearing a brace will help provide the support you need while your ligaments and muscles recover.
Promote Healing After Neck Surgeries?
There’s a high chance that you will need a philadelphia neck holder after enduring a neck procedure as neck surgeries can be very serious. There are a variety of reasons you may need to have a surgical procedure to your neck after an injury or condition. Some of the most common neck surgeries requiring post immobilization include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy fusion - treating herniated discs, bulging discs or pinched nerve pain
- Laminectomy - to remove pressure on the nerve roots in your spine and spondylolisthesis
- Laminoplasty - to fix spinal stenosis of the neck
- Cervical spinal fusions - also to treat a herniated disc in your neck
- Discectomy - for cervical disk disease or neck arthritis
Looking for other upper back/spine braces? We have a wide selection of braces for many different conditions and injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Broken Neck Brace
What does this medical neck brace help treat?
This type of neck collar is indicated to help individuals after a neck surgery or procedure, whiplash or trauma to the neck, neck sprains/strains, spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disorders, or for chronic neck discomfort.
Who can wear this hard cervical immobilizer?
This brace comes in four different sizes, fitting a wide variety of both men, women, and children, even plus size individuals. If you’re looking for a soft neck brace collar for kids and toddlers, check out our pediatric neck brace.
When should I wear it?
It’s advised to speak with your doctor on how long you will be needing immobilization. Depending on the severity of your specific neck condition, some individuals may need support around the clock whereas others may just need immobilization for a few hours at a time.
How do you put it on?
To apply the brace, position the back portion of the collar around the neck. Then, position the front half of the collar in place on the neck overlapping it with the back portion as the chin rests in the recessed areas. Fasten the Velcro straps securely. (Refer to application picture/images above if you have any questions on how to put on the brace)
What the material/color of this philadelphia hard cervical collar?
This cervical alignment collar is comprised of a hypoallergenic, non-toxic cell foam material that can be shaped to any individual and is latex free. Color: neutral beige.
What is the height of this philly collar?
The back side of the neck collar is 7 1/2" tall, sides are 4" tall, and entire front part is 6" tall. The sternum to chin length of the brace is 3 1/4", fitting most individuals.
How do I know which size to get?
Using a soft/fabric tape measure, measure the circumference around your neck at your “Adam’s Apple,” in inches. This brace fits neck circumferences of 10” up to 23”.
Can I wash the brace?
Yes, first secure all of the Velcro closures then use a damp cloth with mild soap to wipe down the brace.