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Douglas Burns, MD

Patient Ratings

4.9 / 5 (Based on 94 Ratings)


Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Physiatry

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Dr. Douglas Burns is a board certified expert in nonoperative treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries.

Conditions Treated

nerve pain, pars fractures, sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica, annular tear, cervicogenic headaches, compression fractures of the spine, curvature of the spine, degenerative discs, discogenic back pain, facet joint pain, herniated discs, hip bursitis, hip osteoarthritis, kyphosis, pinched nerve, piriformis syndrome, radicular pain, sacroiliac joint arthritis, spinal cord compression, spine arthritis, spondylosis, synovial cysts, thoracic myelopathy, whiplash, facet arthropathy, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, back pain, failed back surgery, hip arthritis, hip pain, lower back pain, musculoskeletal conditions, myelopathy, neck pain, radiculopathy, scoliosis, spinal cord aneurysm, spinal cord dysfunction, occipital neuralgia, post laminectomy syndrome pain, musculoskeletal pain, back injury, and spine disorders

Procedures Performed

cervical, thoracic and lumbar facet joint injections, cervical, thoracic and lumbar interlaminar epidurals, cervical, thoracic and lumbar medial branch blocks, cervical, thoracic and lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy, cervical, thoracic and lumbar transforaminal epidurals, lumbar intradiscal procedures, lumbar provocation discography, radiofrequency neurotomy for sacroiliac joint pain, sacrococcygeal joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, stellate ganglion nerve blocks, sympathetic ganglion nerve blocks, xray-guided injections, atlanto-occipital (C0-1) joint injections, back injections, bursa injections, caudal epidural injections, corticosteroid injections, costotransverse joint injections, costovertebral joint injections, diagnostic epidural spinal injections, discography, epidural steroid injections, facet joint blocks, facet joint injections, fluoroscopic-guided spine injections and ablation, lateral atlanto-axial (C1-2) joint injections, lateral branch blocks, lumbar epidural injections, lumbar facet injections, nerve root block, peripheral joint injections, radiofrequency neurotomy for facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint lateral branch blocks, spinal nerve injections, stellate lumbar sympathetic blocks, therapeutic spinal injections, nerve conduction studies, nonsurgical treatment of spine conditions, spine facet blocks, spine radiofrequency procedures, spine steroid injections, epidurals, joint injections, medial branch blocks, and hip injections

Contact Information

  • Office: 425-899-1220
  • Fax: 425-899-1219







Interpretation Services Available

Honors, Awards, etc.

2021 Seattle Magazine "Top Doctors"|2021 Seattle Met "Top Doctors, Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants"

Board Certification

Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Sports Medicine


Dr. Douglas Burns is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain conditions and sports injuries, utilizing the most up-to-date diagnostics (exam, radiology, laboratory, consultations) and leading edge/evidence-based treatments (medications, therapy, injections, surgery). He coordinates care among a broad spectrum of health professionals, including chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists along with physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Dr. Burns has experience in both hospital and private practice medicine focusing on musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic diagnosis and treatment. He developed the interventional spine department at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center before relocating to the Seattle area to complete additional training in interventional pain procedures. He has performed more than 10,000 spinal procedures including the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine. At EvergreenHealth Sport & Spine Care, Dr. Burns splits his practice between clinical diagnosis and treatment and interventional pain procedures.
Dr. Burns has given several local, national and international presentations on spine pain related topics and has taught many interventional pain technique courses. He has also been involved in clinical research relating to the field of spinal interventional procedures, and in teaching physical medicine and rehabilitation residents as well as pain fellows from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Clinical Expertise

Evaluation and treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain conditions and sports injuries.
Interventional procedures including:
Cervical, thoracic and lumbar interlaminar epidurals
Cervical, thoracic and lumbar transforaminal epidurals
Caudal epidurals
Cervical, thoracic and lumbar Zygapophysial joint injections
Atlanto-occipital and lateral atlanto-axial joint injections
Cervical, thoracic and lumbar medial branch blocks
Cervical, thoracic and lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy
Sacroiliac joint injections
Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency neurotomy
Stellate ganglion and lumbar sympathetic blocks and lumbar provocation discography

Philosophy of Care

My overall goal is to maximize your pain reduction and functional improvement through thorough evaluation and use of all available treatment methods.


Year began practicing: 1999

Medical School

University of Washington School of Medicine | Seattle, WA


University of Washington, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | Seattle, WA


Washington Interventional Spine Associates (interventional pain) | Kirkland, WA

Personal Information

I enjoy medicine because as it's a great combo of dealing with science/technology as well as the human condition and being able to improve someone's life is immeasurable.
I'm a Northwest native, and returned to Washington state after attending college in southern California. I took a year off between college and medical school to teach math and science on St. Vincent and the Grenadine in the West Indies.
My wife and I live in Redmond with our three children, and all of our extended family are here in the greater Seattle area. We enjoy the area's combination of outdoors plus arts, music, culture scene and being around our family.
In our free time, we enjoy anything outside - on the water or in the mountains (road/mountain biking, snowboarding/skiing/xc skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, running, hiking, multi-sport).

Community Involvement

I'm involved with my youngest daughter's soccer team and my son's lacrosse team.


September 29, 2021
He deserves a gift of a free dinner out.
September 01, 2021
Dr Burns is the absolute best doctor. I have recommended him to others, many times
August 30, 2021
Good listener but just repeated how "complex" my case/conditions were instead of explaining "ganglion injection" said we "could stab me in the neck with something" before explaining it'd be a numbing agent. His "options" were not resolutions long-term, more "experimental."
August 25, 2021
Dr. Burns always takes the time to discuss every procedure. He always allows my input and addresses my concerns.
July 21, 2021
I was called back the week following x-rays to inform me that no issues were discernable from the images and that they would recommend PT. From past imaging I know there is a floating bone fragment in my left shoulder, however the provider could not see this. When I asked about the status of that fragment and for the next steps to engage in PT the provider has not followed up.
June 30, 2021
Dr. Burns is excellent in every way. But I am still w/o any treatment for my pain and I'm not sure whose fault that might be?
June 28, 2021
My only negative comment is that I ALWAYS have the doc take actual PICTURES of the location of the shot and I have it for my records. I asked for it 2-3 x but didn't get them.
June 16, 2021
I have been a patient of Dr. Burns for many years. He is very knowledgeable very caring.
May 19, 2021
Dr Burns was, as always, thorough and helped me understand my condition and what may be coming.
April 19, 2021
Dr. Burns was great. If anyone had a neck issue, I'd certainly recommend him
March 29, 2021
Dr. Burns is a very nice doctor; there was just no proper flow.
February 16, 2021
Dr Burns is always wonderful to work with, he asks appropriate questions and works with me to come up with a plan
January 11, 2021
All good.
December 09, 2020
I feel very confident in Dr. Burns' hands.
October 29, 2020
Burns is very good at what he does.