Charles T. Carnel, MD is a non-surgical spine physician that is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is fellowship-trained in interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine. He treats patients at our Birmingham and Hoover clinic locations.
Dr. Carnel helps patients achieve a better quality of life through minimally-invasive procedures including X-ray guided spinal injections, nerve ablations, treatment of spinal fractures with kyphoplasty, as well as in-office musculoskeletal injections, which aim to increase function and reduce pain.
A native of Cookeville, Tennessee, Dr. Carnel earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from East Tennessee State University, then achieved his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee.
In 2006, Dr. Carnel moved to Birmingham for his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Then, subsequently, he completed an interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine fellowship.
Outside of work, Dr. Carnel, an Eagle Scout, can be found enjoying one of his many hobbies including photography, sport shooting, hunting, automotive racing, metal work, barbecuing or traveling the world with his wife, Hillary. He is also the proud dog dad to two rescues, Maggie and Sally.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carnel, call Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at (205) 939-3699.
Interventional Spine/Pain Management Fellowship:
Alabama Orthopedic, Spine & Sports Associates (Birmingham, AL)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency:
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Internal Medicine Internship:
James H. Quillen College of Medicine (Johnson City, TN)
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (Johnson City, TN)
East Tennessee State University - Biology (Johnson City, TN)
In March of 2022, my husband and I took a vacation to Israel. On the flight home, I started experiencing muscle spasms in my back. I dismissed the muscle spasms to being confined to my seat for the 15+ hour flight home. However, a few days later I woke up with an intense, sharp pain in my neck and numbness and tingling in my left arm. The pain, numbness and tingling intensified over the next few months. My quality of life continued to dwindle each and every day.
Jenny Cash | Hoover, AL
Within the first 5 minutes of meeting Dr. Carnel, he changed my whole life perception on what physicians “can be.” It was a WOW moment in life. Those are rare. Dr. Carnel is extremely knowledgeable. I could tell that quickly by listening to him communicate with his assistant and also with me.
Robby Watson | Birmingham, AL
I had a deterioration of my vertebrae in my lumbar spine. The deterioration started in 2013 and the pain was unbearable. I couldn’t perform simple day-to-day activities. In 2016, I saw Dr. Andrew Cordover and he did my L4/L5 surgical fusion. Dr. Cordover was wonderful! He is one of the best surgeons I have seen. He is not only great in a surgical setting but he has a great bedside manner. I didn’t feel like just another patient or “number.”
Paulette Hunt | Birmingham, AL
I am feeling great and would recommend Dr. James Flanagan to anyone needing hip replacements and Drs. Charles Carnel and Andrew Cordover for back issues. I recommend Andrews Sports Medicine to all my family and friends dealing with orthopedic issues! Before I visited Andrews Sports Medicine, I was experiencing all kinds of pain, but once I took the step to go I was able to focus on getting better.
Coach Mike Howard | Vestavia Hills, AL
In mid 2018, my neck began to bother me. I had started CrossFit but did not attribute my pain to an injury. I went to my primary care physician who prescribed physical therapy. Later, I saw a chiropractor for treatment too. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to improve my pain. My condition had gotten worse. I was now experiencing pain down my left arm and was losing the feeling in my fingertips. This resulted in me frequently dropping items that I was holding in my left hand.
Lindsey Woodard | Pell City, AL