Children's Hospital Colorado
Christopher Cain, MD

Christopher Cain, MD

Spine Injuries, Spine Diseases and Conditions

Spine Injuries, Spine Diseases and Conditions

Meet Christopher Cain, MD

I treat and advise patient’s as I would want a member of my family treated. While many surgeons claim they do this, the reality is a lot of medicine is market driven, not need driven. I believe the practice of medicine to be a service industry, not a business. The practice of spine surgery is a combination of science and art, and I believe it is important patients understand the nature of their problem and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of any treatment proposed, surgical or non surgical. There can be no guarantees, but surgery will only be offered if there is a good chance surgical intervention will achieve your goals, where the potential benefits of surgery clearly outweigh the risks.

Get to know his background

My practice covers all aspects of spinal disease, including the management of adult degenerative disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, pediatric deformity, both adult and pediatric trauma and tumors. My principle interest is, however, in the management of complex spinal deformity and reconstruction. He also has specialized expertise in treating back pain and neck pain.

Undergraduate 1984

University of Adelaide

Internship 1986

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Residency 1988

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Residency 1989

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Medical Education 1993

University of Adelaide

President's Award 2003

Australian Medical Association

Marquis 2007

Who's Who in the World 24th Edition

For Patients:
I have been, and remain involved in the development of new techniques and implants to improve patient outcomes. This process involves the critical evaluation of manufacturing, biomechanical and clinical parameters. We are all made differently, different sizes, shapes and abilities, yet implants often come in a limited range of sizes with fixes or limited mechanical characteristics. In light of this I am involved in developing a process using CT and MRI images and a computer model to evaluate individual patients anatomy to assess their suitability for disk replacement surgery. This is to ensure the mechanics of implants used to preserve motion match both the mechanics and anatomy of the patient. Initial work has been undertaken to help assess which patients are suitable for this sort of surgery, but my lead to improvements in the design and function of these implants.
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