On average, people experience neck pain at least once a month. There are several causes for neck pains – some of them are muscular or neural in nature. Although seemingly fragile, our necks were built to last, but it’s inevitable to feel muscle pain after a rough day at work or school, and especially after extremely strenuous activities, or even mild activities that your neck is not used to. Although they are usually not a cause for worry, extended neck pains are commonly symptomatic of trauma, injury, stress, and bad posture, which may then lead to pains experienced in other parts of the body such as the arms and the back.
Neck injuries are not something to be taken lightly, especially when one of the following symptoms have already happened. Immediate medical intervention is encouraged.
After sustaining neck injuries, your GP, physical therapist, physiotherapist, or chiropractor would probably recommend a neck brace to prevent complications and promote recovery. A neck brace, or a cervical collar, helps support your head and stabilize it with the spine. For the time being, you will have little to no movement with your head and neck, preventing you aggravating existing injuries, allowing you to heal at a faster rate.
For minor issues, the doctor might recommend a softer neck brace, allowing you to resume normal activities with little inhibition. These are commonly made out of polyurethane foam and locked around with a Velcro closure.
These are commonly made out of rigid plastic with soft inner layers to prevent users from moving their necks and heads. It is used to treat acute neck pain, spine rehabilitation, neck diseases, and post-surgery rehabilitation.
The SOMI is designed to support the wearer’s chest and neck area. It is built with a chest plate, supporting the area below the chest, the shoulders, and the jaw. This device is used for extreme cases where mobility for the patient can prove detrimental.