About Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back, running through a canal that is formed by and enclosed by the spinal vertebrae. The spinal cord carries nerve impulses back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts these signals by cutting or damaging the spinal cord in some way. An injury to the spinal cord usually begins with a blow that fractures or dislocates one or more vertebrae. Most injuries do not cut through your spinal cord. Instead, pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the spinal cord.
Dr. Kendall Carll is a board-certified spine surgeon who has been practicing for more than 15 years in the North Texas area. He leverages every ounce of his experience to help properly diagnose complex spine problems. His medical offices in Addison, Frisco and Plano are equipped to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr.Carll is an amazing back surgeon. He performed a spinal fusion surgery on me and I am very pleased with the results. His staff is amazing, friendly and always helpful. The hospital where he performed the surgery was also amazing! The staff took great care of me and was friendly helpful and caring at all times. I would recommend Dr. Carll to any one of my loved one, friends, even strangers!!!! ALWAYS do your research before picking a back surgeon. Dr. Carll explained everything in a way I could understand & i can say with confidence that he truly cares about his patients!!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 28, 2020
"My name is Mark Walter. Doctor Carll and his staff are simply the best when it comes to spine and back care, bar none ! Ive had a total of 6 spine surgeries to date. My first one was done by a different doctor and it failed. I found Dr Carll after exhaustive research and countless inital consultations with numerous other doctors and I'm so glad I found him. He has since then performed five additional spine surgeries on me. I was badly screwed up to say the least and he literally gave me my life back. I highly recommend him to everyone including my own family members, one of which he also done surgery on and like me she was totally thrilled with him and the results. His staff are hands down the best in the business and the only team that Ive NEVER had a single complaint or issue with !!! This man knows his stuff and sets the standard other doctors and surgeons only dream of achieving. No games and no lies. Just kindness, honesty, and most importantly, he treats people like his friends and neighbors and not an ATM machine like so many doctors do now days. Give his office a call. Its the best thing you will ever do for your spine & your own peace of mind."- F. / Google / Nov 07, 2019
"Dr Carll was a lifesaver for me! I fought the back pain from a pinched/herniated sciatic nerve for 7 months. I tried everything from PT, chiropractic, spinal decompression, antigravity table, ibuprofen and more ibuprofen and steroids. Eventually, the pain was so unbearable that I could not sit through a meal or even drive. I finally gave up avoiding surgery and went to Dr Carll. I had minimally invasive microdisctectomy and the results were excellent. A few months of rehab later and I’ve got my life back. I’m so glad I saw Dr. Carll! He was so caring and explained everything thoroughly, including what to expect after surgery. His staff was just as wonderful and caring. I’d go back to him in a heartbeat. I’m very grateful for his skilled hands. God bless them."- M.J. / Healthgrades / Oct 15, 2019
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
Spinal Cord Injuries Causes
A traumatic spinal cord injury is caused by a high-impact blow to the spine. This results in spinal fractures and/or shattering of one or some of the spinal vertebrae. Common injuries that can result in a traumatic spinal cord injury include those that occur from sports accidents, car accidents, falls, and acts of violence. Nontraumatic spinal cord injuries are typically caused by degeneration of the spine, but can also be caused by infection, cancer, and arthritis.
Spinal Cord Injuries Symptoms
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury will vary depending on which area of the spine has been affected. Spinal cord injuries can also be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord cannot send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, all feeling and mobility are lost below the injured area of the spine. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, you maintain some measure of movement and feeling below the injury. Other symptoms associated with both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries include:
- Pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Inability to control bladder and bowel functions
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of sensation and feeling
When a spinal cord injury is suspected, Dr. Carll will administer a physical exam to test the patients level of feeling and mobility in their extremities. He will then typically use MRI, CT scan, and x-ray images to make a proper diagnosis. Individuals who have received a traumatic spinal cord injury will need to monitored until any swelling has reduced, so that more comprehensive exams can be administered.
Spinal Cord Injuries Treatment Options
A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce the long-term effects of a spinal cord injury. Treatment following a spinal cord injury may include medication, braces or traction, and/or surgery to stabilize the spine. Longer-term treatments usually include medicines and rehabilitation therapy.
Certain medications can be beneficial for patients with an acute spinal cord injury in order to reduce swelling and inflammation, help with pain and discomfort, and reduce muscle spasms. Braces may also be necessary to help stabilize the spine. Physical therapy is recommended for almost every spinal cord injury patient in order to help them rebuild strength and mobility.
In many cases of spinal cord injuries, surgery is needed to stabilize the spine, remove bone fragments, and repair areas of the spine. Typically, surgery is the first form of treatment in emergency cases in order to ensure that no further damage occurs to the spine.
Receive Immediate Care
Spinal cord injuries are serious and require immediate medical attention. Dr. Kendall Carll helps patients with both traumatic and nontraumatic spinal cord injuries to receive care in order to preserve as much mobility as possible. If you or a loved one received a spinal cord injury, contact one of our North Texas locations immediately to receive the appropriate treatment.