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The Spinal Defects and Spinal Injuries Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of infants, children and teenagers with spinal defects and injuries. In our clinic, patients receive world-class care to address their individual conditions and needs. We work with patients who have congenital conditions such as spina bifida as well as those with spinal cord injuries acquired from accidents or illness. Our team of experts includes professionals from neurology, rehabilitation, orthopedics and more to ensure holistic care for your child.

Spinal conditions treated

In our Spinal Defects and Spinal Injuries Clinic, we treat a variety of conditions, ranging from congenital disorders to severe spinal injuries. A few of the conditions we treat include:

Services for patients with spinal defects or injuries

We offer a multidisciplinary approach to care from teams that understand the complex nature of spinal injuries and defects. The services we offer will depend on your individual child's needs, but may include genetics, neurosurgery, nutrition, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychology, radiology and urology. There may be tests and imaging required to properly diagnose your child and develop a treatment plan. These include:

What to expect from your visit

During your visit to the Spinal Defects and Spinal Injuries Clinic, your child will be evaluated by multiple members of our team. A typical visit will take 4 to 5 hours, so we recommend that you bring toys, books and snacks to occupy the time.

Please also bring medical records detailing prior medical care and digital records of any prior imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs or ultrasounds.

Why choose Children's Colorado for spinal injuries and defects?

The Spinal Defects and Spinal Injuries Clinic at Children's Colorado provides state-of-the-art care for children with spina bifida, related neural tube defects and spinal cord injuries. Caring for children with complex medical conditions requires a specialized multidisciplinary medical team to address each patient's unique challenges. Since these are often lifelong disabilities, it is important that the individual have a group of care providers available who understand how their diagnosis will impact them and their family as they age.


The Spinal Defect and Spinal Injury Clinic is actively involved in training specialists of the future. You will likely encounter trainees working with us. They are here to learn and their inquisitiveness enhances patient care.


Our providers are always involved in research. Patients and families who participate in these studies aid in the development of treatment for spinal defects and spinal cord injuries. Their involvement may also improve the quality of life for themselves and others. Research projects include:

  • National Spina Bifida registry
    • Data is collected to evaluate existing medical services for patients, develop and revise best treatment practices, and share evidence-based information to improve the quality of care for patients nationwide.
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Spinal Cord Injury registry
    • Data is collected to evaluate occurrence of chronic pain, develop and revise best treatment practices, and share evidence-based information to improve quality of care.
  • Developmental Acquisition of Wheelchair Mobility Skills in Children with Spinal Defects
    • Identifies milestones in manual wheelchair skill development in young children with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and Spina Bifida (SB).
  • Did You Look? Skin Care QI Study
    • A training program and toolkit for providers and parents specific to skin care for patients with Spina Bifida.
  • Assessment of Independence in Self-Care Skills
  • Prospective Assessment Factors Influencing Bladder and Bowel Incontinence Frequency in the Pediatric Spina Bifida Population
  • Examine Spina Bifida Quality of Life Issues (for patients and parents/guardians)
    • Information is collected to understand how children and adolescents with spina bifida cope emotionally, their quality of life and their parents' level of stress.
  • Examination of BMI in the Pediatric Spina Bifida Population During Development
    • Spina bifida specific BMI growth charts help families understand how children with spina bifida grow and how our team and families can help kids maintain a healthy weight.
  • Pediatric Spina Bifida Motor Development
  • Pediatric Spina Bifida Vitamin D Data Capture

Contact us

  • Appointment scheduling: 720-777-2806
  • Program coordinator (phone): 720-777-2806
  • Program coordinator (fax): 720-777-7220

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Pam Wilson, MD

Pam Wilson, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Pediatric, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kim Sawyer, PNP

Kim Sawyer, PNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner