Ricardo E. Colberg, MD is a non-surgical sports medicine and orthopaedic physician at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer.
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 percutaneous trigger finger release.
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 the Helena High School Huskies and the Alabama Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has also served as team physician for Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, the U.S.A. Paralympic Team at the Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham Barons, Alabama Ballet, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, and University of West Alabama.
Dr. Colberg is an avid tennis player who competes with a local USTA team in Birmingham. He has earned the certification of Elite Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association and has helped develop injury prevention protocols for tennis athletes through the American Sports Medicine Institute (AMSI). He also has extensive clinical research experience, including co-leading a national multi-center study on 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. In addition, he enjoys mountain biking and is a member of the International Bicycling Association (IMBA, BUMP). He is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL) - 2013
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency:
Emory University (Atlanta, GA) - 2012
Dr. Ryan explained that due to me being so young that the goal of his care was hip preservation, a type of surgical intervention that delays or prevents the onset of arthritis and, later, the need for a hip replacement. He also explained that the process was going to be a long-term commitment by both of us.
Dr. Ryan performed my initial hip surgery soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started. He and his staff were phenomenal! They are basically like family now. I had 4 hip surgeries over the course of 2 years.
Laura Likis | Birmingham, AL
I was at softball camp practicing and I slid into second base and felt my knee buckle. I saw Dr. Dugas and he did both my surgeries on my knee. He always made sure I was taken care of and felt comfortable. He made sure my parents and I knew what was going on and what all of the options were.
RaeLeigh Jordan | Ashford, AL
For about 10 years, I can recall experiencing aches in my right hip. The discomfort would come on and off for unexplained reasons. I had even thought that at some point I might have over used that part of my body to result in the discomfort.
In 2018, my job transferred me to another state. While packing for the move, my hip became extremely sore with certain range of motion. It seemed that simple positions began to cause pain in my hip. This included tying my shoe, other normal activity and bending my hip and knee in a kneeling position.
Joe Smith | Millbrook, AL
Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader. I began having horrible knee and ankle pain when I was about 13 years-old, which was really unusual for someone that young. Eventually I saw a local primary care doctor, and they said it was just all growing pains and I would be fine.
Kaylin Herrmann | Wetumpka, AL
During my initial appointment with Dr. Ryan he also asked a lot of questions, reviewed all of Dr. Colberg’s findings and told me that I had advanced osteoarthritis in my right knee. Dr. Ryan recommended that I get an MRI prior to making the decision to move forward with a total knee replacement. The MRI confirmed I was bone on bone.
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