COVID-19 Guidelines

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Our clinics are open and able to serve you during this time for urgent in-person visits as well as virtual health services. Please call our clinics directly to schedule an appointment for both in person and virtual health.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients, their family members, as well as our health care team. To honor this commitment we have implemented the following procedures:

  • Non-urgent medical appointments should be converted to telehealth visits or rescheduled if telehealth is not feasible.
  • Please bring your own face mask or covering to wear. Patients checking in must tell staff if they have: A fever, cold symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath); Flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, etc.).
  • Adult patients may be allowed one asymptomatic person (at least 17 years old) for support; however, we reserve the right to deem a support person unnecessary at any time.
  • Pediatric patients may be allowed one asymptomatic adult (i.e. parent, guardian) for support.
  • For pediatric patients, please check the Children's Hospital Colorado website for updated COVID-19 related patient information.

Please call us about your current health care concerns. Please take care in following current public health guidelines. Please visit the Colorado COVID-19 website, for more information.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep everyone safe and healthy!

Chris Cain, MD
Professor, Orthopedics

Associate Professor
Clinic (720) 848-1980
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Gender: Male
Languages: English
Department, Section/Division: Orthopedics

Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
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Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Orthopedic Surgery (1993,2020)
  • Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (1994,2020)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Board Certification (1993)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Spine Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Spine
  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Slipped Disc
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
Clinical Interest for Patients
My practice covers all aspects of spinal disease, including the management of adult degenerative disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, adult and pediatric deformity, spine trauma and tumors. My principle interest are, anterior lumbar surgery and the management of complex spinal deformity and reconstruction. While I am not a proponent of operating through tubes I employ surgical techniques to minimize the damage done to structures and tissues while maximizing the chance of achieving surgical success. I have expertise in the indications for, and the surgical management of neck and back pain, spinal trauma, spinal instability, neural compromise and tumors.

Care Philosophy
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 and some clinicians recommend treatments thinking that if they don't provide the treatment someone else will. I believe the practice of medicine to be a privilege and a service to the community, not a business. The practice of spine surgery is a combination of science and art, as such 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, and no surgery is performed without causing some harm or being associated with some risks. As such it is a matter of balancing the risks agains the potential benefits, and I will only offer surgery when I believe the benefits clearly outweigh the risks, where there is a good chance surgical intervention will achieve our goals, both yours and mine.

Personal Interests
My principle interest are degenerative conditions affecting the cervical and lumbar spine, anterior lumbar surgery and the management of complex spinal deformity and reconstruction.



Information for Referring Providers

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers
My clinical interests and activities cover 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.

Clinic Phone: (720) 848-1980
Fax Phone: (720) 848-2019

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