Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Sports Medicine
Dr. Brandon Messerli has obtained the highest level of expertise in the non-surgical management of spine, MSK and sports medicine. He chose an osteopathic medical school to obtain a holistic view of injury and disease, including the inter-connectedness of MSK (and non-MSK) conditions, the impact of lifestyle and environment on our health, and the effectiveness of whole-person treatment to optimize our body's intrinsic ability to heal itself.
He excelled in PM&R Residency training at one of the top programs in the country. His additional year of Fellowship/Subspecialty training was precepted by two of the most esteemed experts in the field of interventional spine and two of the region's pioneers in MSK ultrasound. He has been refining his expertise with over 10 years of clinical practice.
He chose to work at EvergreenHealth Sport & Spine Care because of the consistently high quality of medicine being practiced by his colleague physiatrists and surgeons, and the multidisciplinary collaboration for patient care and continuing medical education. Dr. Messerli also provides compassionate and empathetic care because of his and his family's own experiences with MSK conditions, and this gives him an understanding of the physical, emotional, social and vocational struggles that can arise with chronic pain.
Spine, musculoskeletal (MSK) and sports medicine
Back and neck spinal injections, including epidural injections for nerve pain, radiofrequency ablation and steroid injections for arthritic joints, and diagnostic blocks
Certified diagnostic MSK ultrasonographer
Ultrasound-guided joint, tendon and nerve procedures
Hyaluronic acid and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
Electrodiagnostic (EMG) testing
Osteopathic evaluation and manual therapy
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Messerli uses the most conservative and least invasive care possible to help restore his patients to their optimum level of functioning and quality of life. He believes that the patient-doctor relationship is one of partnership and collaboration, and your unique circumstances are considered when recommending treatments. Typically 80-90% of MSK conditions do not require surgery. As Dr. Messerli is not a surgeon, you can have confidence that he will not push you towards unnecessary surgery.
When multiple problems are bothering you, his broad scope of knowledge and expertise can help you sort out the precise diagnosis and prognosis for each condition, determine if they are interrelated, understand the treatment options for each, prioritize the issues and treatments, and act as a "quarterback" to unify your treatment team's approach. He believes that a multi-faceted treatment approach often works best and fastest, and prevents recurrences. Rather than take a myopic focus on a single pain complaint, he evaluates for other relevant conditions that need to be treated to ensure long-term success.
Dr. Messerli is familiar with many of the best rehab specialists in the region and will provide guidance for the rehab team. He knows many of the most effective physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers, yoga and pilates teachers, Feldenkrais practitioners, massage and Hellerwork therapists, chiropractors and craniosacral therapists, acupuncturists and Rolfers, etc. If conservative treatments are inadequate and surgery is a good option, Dr. Messerli collaborates with many of the region's surgeons and will assist in getting you a consultation with the best surgeon for your needs.
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine | Athens, OH
Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland, OH
University of Washington, Rehabilitation Medicine | Seattle, WA
EvergreenHealth Sport & Spine Care | Kirkland, WA
University of Washington Medical Center | Seattle, WA