About Brace Treatment
A spinal or back brace (also known as an orthotic or orthosis) can accomplish several treatment goals and help to reduce back pain to prevent back surgery or following a surgical procedure. Back braces can decrease the motions that increase back pain, stabilize an injured spine, and prevent further progression of a spinal deformity such as scoliosis. Braces offer many benefits and can help heal several back conditions. Dr. Kendall Carll, a board-certified spine surgeon and founder of Spine Care of North Texas, utilizes spinal orthosis to treat common back conditions and to support the spine as it heals following back surgery. As he focuses on prioritizing nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Carll prefers to prescribe back braces as a conservative treatment method before moving on to more invasive options.
"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
"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
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
A multi-purpose treatment option, back braces are used to help several spinal conditions. Some of those are:
- Muscle strain or sprain
- Spinal fractures, tumors, and cord injuries
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Types of Braces
A brace is made with varying materials to help properly address a wide number of back pain conditions, ranging from severe muscle strain to postsurgical recovery. Back braces are typically made from similar materials differing in their flexibility and the amount of movement they allow. Generally speaking, braces are categorized as flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid.
Flexible – These types of braces are usually made with soft, malleable materials, such as cotton, canvas, and/or neoprene and include corsets, lumbar belts, and sacroiliac belts.
Rigid – Rigid braces are usually made of mostly sturdy materials that wrap around the patient’s midsection, with strong (rigid) panels that cover the front, back, and sometimes sides of the brace.
Semi-rigid – A semi-rigid back brace uses elements from both the flexible and rigid brace designs. These typically include a flexible lumbar belt, additional soft (flexible) padding, and specially placed plastic panels.
What to Expect
You can expect your orthotic back brace to provide you with a certain degree of relief from your back pain. If Dr. Carll is utilizing the brace to prevent or address a spinal deformity, you may notice that your brace helps you to keep your spine straighter and reduces your ability to slouch or practice bad posture. Individuals with chronic pain or those healing from a spinal injury typically notice that their orthotic back brace provides the stability needed to prevent excessive pressure or discomfort. Braces keep your spine held and supported in one position, so it can recover properly with less stress.
Heal and Prevent
Spine Care of North Texas takes proactive measures to prevent surgical interventions whenever possible. Dr. Kendall Carll often recommends the use of braces as a conservative treatment method before considering more invasive options. If you are suffering from back pain but are not ready to begin thinking about spine surgery, you may be an ideal candidate for a flexible, rigid, or semi-rigid back brace. Schedule a consultation at one of our North Texas practices to speak with Dr. Carll today. With facilities in Addison, Frisco, and Plano, we make it convenient for you to be seen at your earliest availability.