Sports medicine experts at the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute specialize in the care and treatment of athletic injuries. From the management of complex joint, muscle and ligament disorders to sprains and strains, our specialists understand the importance of training, conditioning, surgical interventions and non-surgical rehabilitation in the treatment of these conditions.
Our comprehensive team is dedicated to the prevention of, as well as care of, competitive and recreational athletic injuries. This care includes pre-season and pre-participation physicals, coordination of conditioning, training, and rehabilitative programs. We provide on-site care at athletic contests and events, with prompt follow-up care and surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries.
Orthopaedic consultants and team physicians for the UConn Huskies.
Katherine J. Coyner, M.D.
The mission of the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute is to use basic science and clinical research to enhance the care of our patients. Our division of Sports Medicine, which is in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has a particular interest in both basic science and clinical research. The human soft tissue laboratory focuses on understanding the biology of tendon, cartilage and other soft tissues in the body. The biomechanics research in the division is particularly interested in a bench to bedside approach. The scientist and clinicians assess the strength of different types of surgical repairs and use the information to develop new surgical techniques that can improve the results of surgical procedures. Finally, there is a strong commitment to clinical research. There are a number of retrospective and prospective studies in the division of sports medicine that evaluate the efficacy of various surgical procedures. The ultimate goal of our basic science and clinical research is to assess and to develop novel treatments for our patients to help them maintain an active lifestyle.
Your visit will start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by diagnostic tests such as X-rays and MRI, if indicated. After a comprehensive evaluation your doctor will make recommendations for a treatment plan based on your medical history, extent of the injury, your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
Most of our sports medicine orthopaedic surgeries are done as an outpatient procedures at the Farmington Surgery Center, located at the Medical Arts and Research Building (MARB) which houses the New England Musculoskeletal Institute. The Farmington Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed exclusively for same day surgery in a safe, high-quality and efficient place with a group of outstanding nurses, surgical assistants and anesthesiologists assisting your surgeon in providing superb surgical care. The center contains fully equipped operating rooms and postoperative patient care areas – all with advanced technology.
If your surgery requires you to stay overnight, John Dempsey Hospital, (UConn Health Center) has dedicated space on its seventh floor for patients who are hospitalized post orthopaedic surgeries. The inpatient unit includes 28 beds with a dedicated specialized gym and rehab room so patients can start vital physical therapy as prescribed by their doctor, soon after surgery. The seventh floor team of highly qualified staff which includes, nurses, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, physical therapists, case managers and others, are highly trained in orthopaedic care.
Imaging of bones, Joints, muscles, tendons, Ligaments, and cartilage play an important role in accurately diagnosing sports- related injuries, arthritic conditions, degenerative processes, tumors, and tumor-like conditions by using multiple methods such as, radiographs (X-rays), computed tomography (CT or Cat Scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Ultrasound (US).