What is a Philadelphia collar? A Philadelphia collar is a neck brace used to prevent head and neck movement after a spinal cord injury. It supports your neck muscles and gives your spinal cord and ligaments time to heal. The collar is made of hard plastic, with Velcro straps to keep it closed. The front piece has a chin cup. The back piece is curved and fits against the lower part of your head.
How do I put the collar on? It is important to put on the collar correctly so your spine is lined up properly. Ask for help if you cannot put your collar on by yourself.
How do I care for my skin?
What else do I need to know? Always lie flat if the collar needs to be opened. You or someone else should check your collar before you get out of bed. Do not allow anyone to adjust the collar unless they are trained to do it.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
When should I seek immediate care or call 911?
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