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About Dr. J. Austin Underwood

Dr. J. Austin Underwood specializes in sports medicine, nerve testing and rehabilitation medicine. 

After graduating from medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). The medical field of PM&R specializes in maximizing performance of patients in both elite and everyday activities. After residency training, he completed his sports medicine fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He has served as a team physician for high schools and universities including the NCAA Division 1 TCU Horned Frogs and Longwood University Lancers.

Specific conditions which Dr. Underwood treats include (but are not limited to) acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, joint pain, tendonitis, sacroiliac disorders, back pain, sciatica, spine arthritis, disc disease, and nerve injuries. To treat these, he utilizes a range of specialized procedures including epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, joint injections, trigger point injections, and regenerative medicine techniques such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. These procedures are performed in-house, utilizing x-ray and ultrasound guidance for pin-point accuracy.

Here at Arthritis & Sports, Dr. Underwood’s interventional procedures offer additional non-surgical options to patients. His diagnostic testing will help patients to determine the severity of injuries and identify conditions which may be contributing to their pain.

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Commentary on: Effect of Screen Time on Recovery from Concussion (In Print)

Kirk K, Underwood J.

Performing a Pre-Participation Examination in Adaptive Athletics (Ongoing)

Caldwell M, Underwood J, Bhalakanlou E, Dec K.

The Athlete with Physical Disability (In Print)

Dec K, Underwood J. (2022). In Netter’s Sports Medicine 3rd edition; Chapter 14. Chicago, Il: Elsevier.

When Trigger Points Don’t Go Away- Reconsider the Diagnosis!

Underwood J, Tsukanov D. 2019 AAPM&R Annual Assembly Abstracts. PM R. 2019 Nov;11 Suppl 2:S1-S187.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home in Spinal Cord Injury: A Cohort Study

Underwood J, Groah S. Georgetown University School of Medicine Research Day. 2017 Mar.

Cerebral Nocardiosis in a Patient on Chronic Methotrexate: A Case Report

Willis S, Underwood J, Malhotra R. AAP Case Report. 2017 Jan.


Arthritis & Sports – Sterling

  • 21475 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 150, Sterling, VA 20166

  • Phone: 703.444.5000

Arthritis & Sports – South Riding

  • 25055 Riding Plaza, Suite 260, South Riding, VA 20152

  • Phone: 703.272.5000

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Dr. Underwood provides all of his medical treatment in-house!

Here's What Our Patients Say About Us

Dr. Underwood cares, understands, and is a wonderful addition to the already impressive team! Every time I call, the team is very efficient. The front office staff are wonderful. Our whole family goes to Arthritis & Sports in Sterling and will continue to do so!

Chris P.

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Dr. Underwood’s empathetic approach, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail, made me feel understood and valued. He took the time to thoroughly understand the nuances of my pain. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone seeking an orthopedic specialist in Virginia. His professionalism, combined with his genuine care, is truly unmatched.

Maria M.

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Staff was very professional. Dr Underwood has a very comfortable approach and is sincerely interested in my problem and the other medical issues that could have a bearing on my problem or corrective procedures.

Ronald G.

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