Colio Sean

Sean Colio, MD

  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Sports medicine
Accepting New Patients
1600 E. Jefferson St.
Jefferson Tower, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
751 NE Blakely Drive
Suite 4020
Issaquah, WA 98029

General Information

I am a board certified sports medicine physician specializing in sports and musculoskeletal injuries and prevention. I treat all problems relating to sports and exercise for elite athletes to weekend warriors to anyone interested in starting a new exercise routine. I am one of the first physicians in the US to receive certification by ARDMS in musculoskeletal sonography. I use musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide precise, diagnostic, minimally invasive, office based treatments for musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. I can look inside injuries to see the damage and perform office based regenerative treatments, like blood and platelet rich plasma injections and Tenex Tenotomy. I also provide evaluation and treatment for sports concussions in all ages, sports team event coverage, and electrodiagnostics for neurological injuries. I am the co-founder and co-director of the sports concussion clinic at Swedish. I am also one of the core faculty and the primary musculoskeletal ultrasonography instructor for the ACGME Sports Fellowship at Swedish. I have provided sports medicine for the Seattle Reign, AVP Volleyball, Lacrosse, Seattle University, Puget Sound Gunners Soccer, Sacramento Mountain Lions (a United Football Team), USA Boxing, UFC Mixed Martial Arts, sports teams at the high school and collegiate levels, and Issaquah Gunners Soccer Club.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Sports medicine
Education Background
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: University of California at Davis Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital, Chief Resident, 2008
Fellowship: Marko Bodor, M.D., Napa, Calif.
  • German
  • Italian
  • English
Professional Associations
American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Registry of Diagnostic Sonography
Personal Interests
Swimming, golf, surfing, cooking, tech, traveling, playing banjo



Reviewer, PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation, 2013 - present

Multimodal Imaging in Interventional Pain Management, Ultrasound-Guided Hand and Wrist Injections and Ultrasound-Guided Foot and Ankle Injections; Bodor M, Colio S; Oxford Press, In Print.

Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections, Aspiration of a Hip Paralabral Cyst - Bodor M, Colio S; McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Editor Colio,S.  Abnormal MRI Findings in Benign Exertional Headaches. The Shaking Runner: A Medical Tent Rarity. AMSSM Case Studies; 2013. Available from:

Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in Interventional Pain Management, Ultrasound-Guided Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Injections - Chapter 23, Bodor M, Lesher J, Colio S; Springer, 2011.

Medication Quantification Scale Version III: Update in Medication Classes and Revised Detriment Weights by Survey of American Pain Society Physicians.
Harden RN, Weinland SR, Remble TA, Houle TT, Colio S, Steedman S, Kee WG; American Pain Society Physicians. J Pain. 2005 Jun;6(6):364-71. PMID: 1594395

Biofeedback in the Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain: A Time-Series Analysis.
Harden RN, Houle TT, Green S, Remble TA, Weinland SR, Colio S, Lauzon J, Kuiken T.
Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2005 Mar;30(1):83-93. PMID: 15889588

22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society; March 20-23, 2003. Abstract poster presentation of (634) Medication Quantification Scale - III (MQS): Revision of detriment weights by consensus of American Pain Society prescribing physicians. S. Weinland, R. Harden, T. Houle, T. Remble, W. Kee, S. Colio; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. The Journal of Pain; March 2003 (Vol. 4, Issue 2, Pages 1-104)

American Society of Regional Anesthesia Annual Meeting, Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Instructor, Nov 2014
Youth Sports Concussion Education; Issaquah Gunners Soccer Club, Eastside Football Club, Issaquah Youth Football, Seattle Youth Football and Cheer: 2013 – current
Runner’s Symposium, Rhody Run Port Townsend Washington, April 2013 and 2014
Pediatric Grand Rounds, Swedish Medical Group, Feb 2014
ABC News 10, Interview on Sports Concussions, Sept 2010,

Clinical Experience

  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Sports medicine
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal emg
  • achilles tendonitis
  • acl injuries
  • ankle impingement
  • ankle injury
  • ankle sports injury
  • anterior cruciate ligament
  • apophysitis
  • arm injury
  • arm pain
  • arthritis
  • back muscle injury
  • bicep injury
  • bicep tear
  • biceps tendonitis
  • brain concussion
  • bursitis
  • calf muscle injury
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cartilage injury
  • concussion testing
  • cortisone injection
  • discoid meniscus
  • elbow injury
  • elbow pain
  • elbow sprain
  • electrodiagnostic medicine
  • electromyography
  • epidural injection
  • exercise induced asthma
  • foot injury - sports related
  • foot pain
  • fracture of forearm
  • fracture of tibia
  • freiberg's disease
  • frozen shoulder
  • gastrocnemius injury
  • gluteal injury
  • growth plate injury
  • hamstring injury
  • heat illness
  • hip impingement
  • hip labral tear
  • hip pain
  • hip pain, under age 60
  • hip rotator cuff
  • hip rotator cuff tear
  • iliotibial band
  • injury of muscle
  • injury to brain
  • injury to foot
  • joint injection
  • joint sprain
  • juvenile osteochondrosis
  • knee injuries
  • knee pain
  • knee pain for patients aged younger than 60
  • kneecap dislocation
  • late effect of spinal cord injury
  • lateral collateral ligament
  • lateral collateral ligament tear
  • leg injury
  • leg numbness
  • leg pain
  • ligament injury
  • locking knee
  • medial collateral ligament
  • medial collateral ligament injury of the knee
  • medial epicondylitis
  • meniscus
  • meniscus injury
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle strain
  • muscle tears
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • neck muscle injury
  • nerve block
  • nerve conduction studies
  • numbness
  • nutrition and supplement issues
  • osgood schlatter disease
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteochondritis dissecans
  • osteochrondial defect
  • overuse injury
  • patellar instability
  • patellar stabilization
  • patellofemoral instability
  • patellofemoral syndrome
  • pectoral muscle injury
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • peroneal tendonitis
  • piriformis syndrome
  • pityriasis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • posterior cruciate ligament
  • posterior cruciate ligament tear
  • posterior tibial tendon rupture
  • quadricep injury
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • repetitive stress injury
  • rotator cuff
  • rotator cuff impingement
  • rotator cuff injury
  • running injury
  • rupture of achilles tendon
  • sever's disease
  • shin splints
  • shoulder dislocation
  • shoulder impingement
  • shoulder injury
  • shoulder instability
  • shoulder pain
  • shoulder strain
  • spondylolisthesis
  • sports injury
  • sports physical
  • sports psychology
  • sprain
  • stress fractures
  • tendonitis
  • tennis elbow
  • throwing injuries
  • tibial tendonitis
  • torn ligament
  • torn meniscus
  • tricep injury
  • ultrasound
  • wrist pain
  • wrist sprain


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.3 out of 5 (71 Ratings, 15 Comments)


Dr. Colio is very pleasant AND professional. He is also very rushed.

After one year and TENEX I still have tennis elbow. Just got a cortisone shot and will see what happens now. May not be doctors fault but taints my views and confidence.

much more informative than the other clinicians I've seen for this problem

Dr Colio isyhe absolute best doctor in this field--my sister went to him for her torn meniscus in the knees and she's back to being very active again.

This was a referal for corazoe injection.Doc was -like a magician - in & out before I realized he had ever stsrted, Great!!

I wish all doctors could be as caring , understanding, and effective as Dr. Colio and the people in his office.

Dr. Colio spent a lot of time with me describing various options for treatment. He gave me literature on each of the options and explained next steps.

Dr Colio takes time to address all concerns, shares results of tests & diagnosis, also makes sure you have supplemental tools to further help you recover.

I would have had a VERY good experience, but didn't feel I had an opportunity to ask questions about what he told me - somewhat rushed.

already have referred atleast 5 people

Dr. Culio was great at diagnosing my injury with the first visit. He listened and asked questions regarding my pain and the injection he gave me at his office on my first visit brought quick relief. He gave me a prescription for PT and on my follow-up visit I was experiencing a lot less pain. Now I'm feeling like I'm going to be able to run again. Thank You Dr. Culio.

Loved him. He was very thorough & kind.

I have already recommended this provider [...]

Dr. Colio was friendly, helpful, good-humored, and communicated what I needed and/or wanted to know. I have no complaints and would go to him again.

Felt very rushed by everyone. Vague after care instructions, incompetent staff attending phone. Very hurried along by all doctors involved. [...]
1600 E. Jefferson St.
Jefferson Tower, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
751 NE Blakely Drive
Suite 4020
Issaquah, WA 98029
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