If it is craniocervical instability (CCI) then it is CRUCIAL that you restrict any action that is going to apply subtle pressure on your brain and brainstem – or your future could be very bleak!
Can I wear a Philadelphia collar with my existing issues? My neck curves the wrong way and the vertebrae don’t line up as they should. A cervical vertebrae is getting close to the spinal cord. This is a hard collar, so won’t it be trying to force my neck into the normal position, which is very unnatural for me? Or will it conform somewhat and give me support for my neck’s usual position? I really want the support. Just checking so I get a collar that works.
Difficult one this. I wouldn’t want to make your condition any worse. I can only tell you of the benefits the philadelphia collar brought me. I had the ‘loss of lordosis’ amongst other things and, I have to report, that my neck alignment was much better after wearing this collar for a while, as a subsequent x-ray showed great improvement.