Ricardo Colberg, MD
Ricardo E. Colberg, M.D., is a non-surgical sports medicine and orthopedic physician at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Center in Birmingham, AL. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Colberg has a strong commitment to providing evidenced-based medical care through a patient-centered and holistic approach. 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 grew up in Puerto Rico playing tennis and enjoying water sports such as surfing and sailing. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Cultural Anthropology. He then moved back to Puerto Rico where he graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical School with an M.D. degree and a Certification in Clinical Research. Dr. Colberg completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute.
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 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.