I'm looking for suggestion on cervical collars. I'm 17 days post opp on my ACDF C5/6. The doc has me in a soft collar. Thru this process I don't really feel like it supports my neck and now realize he didn't intend it to be necessarily sportive. His intention was more of a reminder to not move my neck much. I have noticed myself pushing it up with my hands to help support my neck (heads are heavy), especially when walking or sanding. The one I have is a 3.5 inch foam collar.
I would like to find one that is taller and more sportive. My intention is to give my neck a break from time to time (per doc recommendation). My C6/7 will eventually need to be done as well and I hope to put it off as long as I can. I have moderate nerve damage from the length of time my nerves were compressed and before surgery suffered from neck and arm weakness among many other things. Post surgery the weakness (honestly every symptom) is about 25% worse but am hopeful this will resolve overtime. He is fine with me using the current collar I have but I have a longer neck than most.
One more thing. Due to the damage and the condition of my other disk my doc has already stated that I will need to ware the collar off and on for the foreseeable future in addition to being in the car as a passenger or on an airplane.