Facts About Neck Braces And How To Use Them
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Facts About Neck Braces And How To Use Them

A neck brace is a medical device placed on the neck of a patient who was involved in an accident or have injured themselves one way or the other probably during sports. In some sports like motocross, participants must put on a neck brace as part of the safety gadgets required to keep them safe. However, neck braces are most common in hospitals than sports since they are health products. The exact job of a neck brace is to keep the head still; letting it rest on the brace rather than the neck. Injuries to the neck or bones around the neck have a greater tendency of healing faster and better with neck braces so long as the patient adheres to the instructions of the doctor on how to use the device.

There are various types of neck braces available today designed for different situations related to the spine. The two major and most popular neck braces you'll find are the rigid and soft designs. The rigid brace looks rigid as its name implies but they are actually not as uncomfortable as they appear because of the pads in them. The rigid braces are used in cases of severe injuries and are required to be worn by patients for longer periods of time in order for the wound to heal easily. While the rigid braces are used in cases of broken bones around the neck, the soft braces on the other hand are used for sprained muscle or ligaments so if you'll be putting on a brace, ensure that your doctor carry out a proper assessment on the injury before deciding on the most adequate brace for you to wear.

In addition to your doctor's advice, two other things you'll need to always do is to periodically wash your neck and the pads with an antibacterial soap so that it doesn't attract bacteria to your wound or look dirty when you go out.

A properly worn neck support brace will give you all the support you need without restricting the air that flows in through your nose. In other words, it doesn't make you feel like you are suffocating as some people expect due to the size and the fact that it is worn round the neck. One problem faced by those who have no choice but to put on a brace is in the area of fashion especially for the ladies because they love fashion more. By putting on turtleneck blouses, sweaters and other high-neck clothes, it is possible to reduce the visual impact of the brace if it’s a soft brace. In order to keep the brace away from the public, you can carry a sports bag or a backpack along with you and put the brace in the bag when you can do without it however, it would be impossible for rigid braces to be hidden because of their large sizes so such patients are advised to remain indoors until the wound heals.


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