Neck braces and supports can be used for a wide range of conditions. They are primarily worn to provide pain relief, help improve instability or poor head control. At Manchester Orthotics we are able to provide different types of neck braces including:
These are constructed using soft foam which provide mild control and can help to hold the weight of the head
Providing moderate control, a semi rigid brace a semi rigid brace can help to immobilise and support the neck. They are made of soft foam to provide increased comfort but also have a rigid plating system to provide the structural support required.This plating system can sometimes be removable.
A rigid neck brace will provide the highest level of control and immobilisation. This will work to provide support whilst preventing unwanted movements. A combination of a rigid frame and soft padding will provide support and comfort.
This lightweight neck brace uses a spring system to provide support and assistance to weak neck muscles. The brace will help to lift the chin to help improve posture and aid eating or drinking. We can also provide a head up collar which attaches a soft silicon strap around the forehead if the patient cannot tolerate pressure under the chin.
We also assess and provide the ‘head up’ collar which is an adjustable collar initially created for patients with muscle weakness caused by Motor Neurones Disease however this collar is now widely used for many different conditions.
Whilst the majority of neck braces are premade we are also able to provide custom made neck braces. Our experienced orthotists will discuss this option with you if it is the best suited for your needs.
Neck braces can be beneficial for many conditions including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cervical spondylitis
- Arthritis affecting the neck
- Motor neurone disease
This list is not exhaustive and if you are unsure if you would benefit from wearing a neck brace please contact us to discuss.
In order to establish the most appropriate neck brace for your requirements our experienced orthotists will be required to complete a full assessment. If it is felt a custom neck brace will required a cast or scan will be taken in order to capture your precise shaping.