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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

I have had two surgeries by two different doctors here and couldn't be more impressed. I have moved from the area and currently live 4 hours away. I drove to these guys to address carpal tunnel in both hands. I will let no one else perform surgery on me as long as Arthritis & Sports exists, if that tells you anything.

Rob X.

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My family and I have been patients of Arthritis & Sports for over 15 years. The doctors are top notch and the staff are very professional and friendly. My three sons have had many breaks, bumps and bruises of some sort over the years and it has always been nice to know that I could rely on the Arthritis & Sports team to come to our aid. Booking appointments has been and is always effortless and wait times in the office are never an issue.

Robin L.

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Been going for over 15 years. The staff has always been wonderful and the doctors superb. Innovative, compassionate, thorough in meeting my health goals for the best quality of life possible. They have gone the extra mile and have continued to.  I consider them my own team of experts and I am so grateful for the expertise in their specialized fields.

Rohini S.

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