Spinal surgery, of any type, can be debilitating and lead to long term complications with posture and gait. If you are about to undergo cervical surgery, or surgery along the neck region, it is important to ask your doctor about the best options for mitigating complications with your neck and posture, including the use of a neck corset.
Traditionally used in the 17th century, the neck corset has long been considered the tool by which women could effectively improve their posture without undergoing long rehabilitation or therapy services. Over the years, the neck corset has taken on different types of functions even used, in some cases, to alleviate posture complications after neck surgery.
If you are about to undergo cervical neck surgery, be sure to speak with your doctor about the use of a cervical collar or a neck corset. Typically, in the weeks after surgery, the collar is not used for the purpose of correcting posture but, as you begin rehabilitation and therapy, the posture will need to be addressed and this is when the neck corset may be utilized.
Not all patients who undergo neck surgery will require the neck corset. In fact, most surgeons will recommend that you avoid utilizing the neck corset until such time as your doctor provides the device for your surgical needs. Because the lymph nodes in the neck can be adversely affected, your doctor will typically provide instruction on how often the neck corset should be used and what you should do if there are complications while using it.
Maintaining and improving posture after cervical neck surgery can be done easily with other rehab and therapy services, including the use of cervical traction units. But, when the ultimate concern is your posture, the neck corset may be the most cost effective and provides for home therapy in addition to structured, supervised therapy services. Prior to undergoing neck surgery, be sure to ask about the role of a neck corset in your post-operative surgical needs.
Sources: Effective Orthopedic Rehab, by Buck Willis