May 25, 2021
Meet Dale Colorado, DO, MPH
Dr. Colorado specializes in the nonsurgical management of all bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, and nerve injuries, with special interest in sports and spine injuries, regenerative medicine treatments, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular ultrasound, and electrodiagnostics.
He serves as program director for the sports medicine fellowship (non-operative), medical director for the Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Program, and EMG medical director. He is also part of the Multidisciplinary Complex Nerve Clinic team.
Learn more in our Q&A with Dr. Colorado below.
Where are you from?
I would consider Des Moines, Iowa my hometown. However, I was born in the Philippines and have also lived in England. One of the towns in Iowa where I lived had a population of 300 people.
What made you choose Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as Physiatry, as a specialty?
Many different specialties appealed to me during medical school. I enjoyed the continuity of care and patient interaction in the primary care specialties and the various procedures in the surgical specialties. I especially enjoyed my neurology and orthopedics experiences. When I was introduced to PM&R in medical school, it felt like a perfect fit. I enjoy the breadth of the field and the focus on restoring function to patients.
What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?
I was lucky to be able to complete my sports medicine and interventional spine fellowship here at Washington University Orthopedics. The culture of the department and the division, the mentorship and the opportunities for research and teaching led to my decision to join the Faculty.
What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?
I find so many different aspects of my practice rewarding. Helping athletes return to their sports, providing pain relief with injections, diagnosing complicated nerve issues with EMG and ultrasound, and advancing my field through teaching and research. Being able to work with such great people is the most rewarding.
Are you working on any interesting trials or studies right now?
My research focus is on the use of neuromuscular ultrasound in conjunction with electrodiagnostic testing. I believe ultrasound is an extremely valuable complement to electrodiagnostic testing, and the utility of ultrasound will continue to grow.
What’s on the horizon for PM&R? What are you excited about?
I’m excited about the potential for regenerative medicine treatments, specifically platelet rich plasma (PRP) and mesenchymal stem cells, in a variety of musculoskeletal injuries/disorders. Regenerative medicine utilizes the body's natural healing process to decrease pain, improve function and potentially rebuild damaged tissue. While many advancements have been made over the past decade, there is still so much to learn about these treatments.We are utilizing primarily PRP injections at this time. However, the use of stem cells may increase as the research/evidence grows.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spending time with my family. I especially enjoy watching my kids in their sports, dance and music activities. I also like to play the piano and guitar. I started playing the piano when I was 5 years old, and am excited that my son has also developed an interest in piano. I also enjoy playing basketball and tennis, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you like to be doing?
I would probably be a teacher and/or coach basketball.
Dr. Colorado treats patients at the Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield. Learn more about Dr. Colorado, and why patients choose Washington University Orthopedics.