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Cervical collar

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
On Nov. 3 2009 I had surgery on my Neck/Back. I had three ruptured disk C5-C6, C6-C7, and C7-T1. The surgery took 5 1/2 hours. Was really pleased with the Dr. and his staff but I was sent home in a Philadelphia collar. I have had a lot of pain ever since the surgery. I no longer have to hold my right arm above my head but I am still in a lot of pain. It is very hard to sleep in this collar and it feels like it has lost some of its form, making it more uncomfortable to wear. I was told by others that I should have been fitted for a Miami J collar. Should I go out and get this collar? Will it help? I am still having to wear the one they sent me home with and might be in it for some time they say, since it was a level 3 fusion. Of course I am new to all of this. I am a 36 year old male and I fell off of a ladder which got me this way. I could use all the advice anyone can give. I have broken a lot of bones in my life and have had enough stitches to go around the world I believe, but I have NEVER been in this much pain. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Sincerely, Rick


  • I would suggest contacting your surgeon's office and asking them to verify what collar the doc wants you in and if it is the Philadelphia, let them know what you think is happening to it.

    Not all surgeons use the same protocols for collars and length of time in the collar. So the best person to advise you on it, is the surgeon himself.

    Welcome to Spine Health. Sorry to hear you had such a not so fun fall off the ladder. I hope you heal up and get to feeling better soon.

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