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.
My sophomore year, I was doing box jumps during a workout when I landed awkwardly and twisted my right knee. At the time, I didn’t think too much about it, because it didn’t hurt that bad. I thought I just had a bad sprain. I had some aching pain, and I would ice my knee when it would periodically swell.
Jordan Washington | Helena, 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
In 2022, during one of my fitness classes, I experienced a freak accident and immediately knew I had torn something in my hip. As I got up, I definitely knew something was seriously wrong with my hip. I called my brother, a physical therapist, and he got me an appointment at Andrews Sports Medicine to see hip preservation specialist, Dr. Benton Emblom.
Mecia Holley | Birmingham, AL
Throughout my adult life, I have been an active person doing yard work, chores around the house, and traveling. As I entered my later years, I began experiencing persistent pain in my shoulders. What started as a dull ache gradually escalated, making it increasingly difficult to even raise my arms above my head. I knew I could not wait any longer before seeking medical attention.
Stephen Huschka | Alabaster, AL