There are other types of cervical collars too like the cervical collar traction, sports neck brace or collar and others, which are used for specific purpose as part of a specific treatment.
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Cervical by the definition of the word means pertaining to any neck or in some cases, in females it might also refer to the cervix, which is the neck of the uterus. Usually when people talk of cervical pain or cervical problems such as cervical spondylosis, they are referring to neck problems or problems that arise from any dislocation, broken ligament, fracture, trauma, injury to the neck. There are many aids available such as cervical collar and the likes used extensively by people who have suffered from minor or major neck injury.
A hard cervical collar supports your neck and limits your neck movement. This protects your spine.
A hard collar works better than a soft one to limit your neck movement.