Cervical (neck) collars are sometimes used to support the neck for a short time. They may be soft and made from felt, foam, or rubber, or they may be hard and made from plastic. Soft collars allow some movement of the neck.
Soft cervical collars are of limited value in neck treatment. They can occasionally be helpful after a sprain (for a brief period) and are sometimes used after surgery. But for long-lasting neck pain, other types of treatment are more helpful.
For more information on treating neck pain, see the following topics:
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