Ricardo E. Colberg
Sports Medicine / Non-surgical Orthopaedic
Ricardo E. Colberg, M.D., is a sports medicine and non-operative orthopaedic physician at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Center. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Dr. Colberg has a strong commitment to providing evidenced-based medical care through a patient-centered and holistic approach. When defining the best treatment plan for each patient, he takes into consideration all the components related to the injury, including factors such as the underlying biomechanics of the injury, the patient's needs and expectations, as well as the short and long-term implications that the injury will have on the patient. He works closely with physical therapists and other health-related disciplines in order to assist patients in their recovery process from injuries and help them reach their ultimate goal of returning to their everyday activities and sports at their optimal potential.
Dr. Colberg has a special interest in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, including bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon injuries. He performs various treatment modalities in the clinic that assist the patient in their recovery from the injury, among them diagnostic musculoskeletal sonography, ultrasound-guided injections, and platelet-rich plasma therapy. His areas of expertise also include non-surgical management of fractures and dislocations, peripheral nerve injuries (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome), sport-related spine injuries, pediatric sports injuries, biomechanical evaluation of the injured athlete, implementing sports injury prevention protocols, management of osteoarthritis and screening for potential cases that may have a better outcome by undergoing a surgical procedure.
Dr. Colberg is head team physician for Minor High School, Lawson State Community College, and Alabama Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has also worked as team physician for the U.S.A. Paralympic Team at the Lakeshore Foundation, the Chicago White Sox's AA affiliate team - the Birmingham Barons, the Alabama Ballet, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, University of West Alabama and other local high schools and colleges.
He has earned the certification of Elite Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association and is currently working with developing injury prevention protocols for tennis athletes through the American Sports Medicine Institute. In addition, he has extensive clinical research experience, including co-leading a national multi-center study on a regenerative medicine procedure called platelet-rich plasma injection. He has published articles in multiple journals and authored chapters in academic textbooks.
Dr. Colberg enjoys spending time with his wife and family and teaching their children to play tennis and other sports. Their favorite pastime is visiting their native island of Puerto Rico, where he likes to go surfing, sailing and scuba diving. Dr. Colberg is an avid tennis player who competes with a local USTA team in Birmingham. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts - Major in Cultural Anthropology
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, P.R.
Doctor of Medicine - Magna cum Laude and 2008 Award for Outstanding Leadership
Emory University, Atlanta, GA - 2012
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Resident of the Year Award 2011 and 2012
Academic Chief Resident
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), Birmingham, AL - 2013
Sub-specialty: Primary Care Sports Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Sub-specialty: Sports Medicine
Youth Sports Medicine
PRP Injection Therapy
Musculoskeletal injections (e.g. joints, bursas, tendons, etc.)
Peripheral nerve injections
Trigger-point injections of muscle spasms
Regenerative medicine procedures including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
Bone Marrow Concentrate "Stem Cells" Therapy
Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
Non-operative orthopedic procedures such as closed fracture reductions and casting of fractured extremities
Pre-participation physical examinations
Evaluation for orthotic devices, including splints, braces and shoe inserts.