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An Alternative to X-Rays and MRIs

This week’s article is written by Dr. Michael Auriemma, a member of Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is a key member of our physical therapy team here in Bethesda and Chevy Chase and has helped many athletes, active adults, and runners overcome injury in conjunction with a comprehensive physical therapy plan. Dr. Auriemma specializes in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, and has received extensive training in the use of sports ultrasound for both diagnostic and interventional procedures.

He is the perfect person to tell us about an alternative solution to X-rays and MRIs that also happens to be a lot easier, quicker, and more pleasant to use!




Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (ROSM) is a growing private practice centered in the DMV.  It is comprised of physicians who specialize in non-operative orthopedic and sports medicine. 

ROSM physicians strive to provide a higher quality of care through extended patient visits (ie. more 1 on 1 time with patients) and the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, a bedside tool that allows for real-time imaging of muscle injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, fascia injuries, arthritis, and nerve entrapments. 

In certain situations, ultrasound can eliminate the need for X-rays or MRIs, while other times it serves as a complimentary imaging modality. 

In addition to advanced diagnostics, ultrasound can also be utilized to guide targeted treatments to enhance recovery.  These include prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), and microfragmented adipose transfers (MFAT). 

ROSM physicians help patients choose appropriate treatments through a combination of evidence-based research and individual patient needs.

Visit our website to learn more!

-Dr. Michael Auriemma, MD