Christopher S. Carter, MD is a non-surgical sports medicine and orthopaedic physician at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Dr. Carter treats patients of all ages and activity levels with a wide variety of injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Dr. Carter treats patients at our Birmingham, Hoover and Trussville clinic locations. In addition, Dr. Carter serves a team physician for the USFL's Birmingham Stallions and Miles College. Dr. Carter is also a team physician for several, local high schools including: Clay-Chalkville, Locust Fork, Oneonta, Pinson Valley, Southeastern, Springville, St. Clair County and Susan Moore.
Dr. Carter is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and specializes in primary care sports medicine. He completed a fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute and Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Shortly thereafter he earned his Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Carter attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, graduating with honors. He then received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Following medical school he completed a Family Medicine Residency at Nashville General Hospital, serving as Chief Resident his final year.
Prior to joining our Andrews Sports Medicine team, Dr. Carter practiced medicine at two other local orthopaedic practices. Dr. Carter specializes in non-surgical orthopedic problems, including overuse injuries, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and fracture care. He is also trained to diagnose and treat sports-related issues such as concussions, heat-related illnesses, cardiovascular problems, and exertional compartment syndrome. Dr. Carter is skilled in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and can perform various injections, including steroid and viscosupplementation to name a few. He provides care to athletes of all levels, as well as non-athlete patients.
Dr. Carter has provided sideline coverage for a number of athletes from pediatrics to the professional ranks. He previously served as team physician for the University of West Alabama, Leeds High School, and Oak Grove High School, and also assisted with a number of institutions, including the University of Alabama, Samford University, Birmingham Southern College, Vanderbilt University, the University of South Florida, and Eckerd College. He has provided care for the Birmingham Ballet, served as a ringside physician for MMA and boxing matches, and covered minor league baseball teams in Alabama and Tennessee. He also has a special interest in endurance events, working medical tents at marathons and triathlons – particularly the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Dr. Carter is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Medical Association, Mineral District Medical Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
He is married to Dr. Tekuila Carter, anesthesiologist, and they have three beautiful daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling around the world - both for leisure and to provide medical care - and is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks.
In the heat of the play, I’m thinking “if this pass is intercepted, Thompson is taking it back for a pick 6 and this game is over.” Instinctively, I put my left foot in the ground, made a quick change in direction and attempted to grab the floating ball. When I did that, my left knee buckled and simply gave out on me.
Charlie Ingram | Vestavia Hills, AL
After months of dealing with the injury, I made the decision to make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Carter, a wonderful doctor with great bedside manner. Dr. Carter ordered an MRI and found that I had a hip labral tear, and a deformity in the head of my hip. At that point, I was not able to train for competition, I couldn't squat. I couldn't deadlift, I couldn't do anything. I was so depressed, because I was not able be physically active.
Avery Culver | Millbrook, AL
I am feeling great and would recommend Dr. James Flanagan to anyone needing hip replacements and Drs. Charles Carnel and Andrew Cordover for back issues. I recommend Andrews Sports Medicine to all my family and friends dealing with orthopedic issues! Before I visited Andrews Sports Medicine, I was experiencing all kinds of pain, but once I took the step to go I was able to focus on getting better.
Coach Mike Howard | Vestavia Hills, AL
In mid 2018, my neck began to bother me. I had started CrossFit but did not attribute my pain to an injury. I went to my primary care physician who prescribed physical therapy. Later, I saw a chiropractor for treatment too. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to improve my pain. My condition had gotten worse. I was now experiencing pain down my left arm and was losing the feeling in my fingertips. This resulted in me frequently dropping items that I was holding in my left hand.
Lindsey Woodard | Pell City, AL
As an athlete in two sports (basketball and track), I stay very active. Toward the end of my basketball season, I made a three-point shot and came down awkwardly on my right ankle. After that moment, I could not play and was hobbling. Since I was still limping, Lauren Aymat, the athletic trainer at my school, Liberty Park Middle School, referred me to Andrews Sports Medicine.
Joi Cook | Vestavia Hills, AL