• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
  • 617-667-4074
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The Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment, support and follow-up care for individuals who have had a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury. Through this program, patients and their families benefit from a team of traumatic brain injury (TBI) specialists, one-on-one education about the nature of an injury, information about the expected extent of and timeframe for recovery, full imaging/diagnostic technologies, and referrals to additional rehabilitative and support services, as needed. Since starting this clinic in January 2010, we have seen approximately 600 patients with brain injuries, the great majority concussions or mild injuries with days to weeks of injury. For a substantial portion of patients, we also offer focused neuropsychological assessments.

  • Our Approach and What to Expect at Your Visit

    The program includes clinicians in Cognitive Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Social Work with specialized training and expertise in neurorehabilitation.

    Finding the right medical, rehabilitative and support resources after a concussion or TBI can be very challenging. Our services are geared towards treating those shortly after injury.

    The initial consultation and evaluation helps the Traumatic Brain Injury Team develop a treatment/management plan catered to the individual’s needs. The plan will depend on:

    • The severity of the initial injury;
    • Consideration of symptoms within the acute versus post-acute recovery period;
    • Functional status (e.g., ability to participate in school, work, leisure and social activities);
    • Personal goals and access to services within one’s community

    Every individual who is evaluated within the Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic benefits from expert advice to continue recovery and gradually return to one’s usual activities. For those who are already well on their way to recovery, this is often all that is needed. The team also can write to an employer or school to outline a plan for return to activities.

    Of note, there are some problems that emerge after concussion that we are not prepared to treat. Patients who remain disabled months or even years after an apparently mild injury often require an intensity and duration of treatment that we cannot provide. For other patients, recovery is stalled because of intractable headaches. This problem is better addressed in a specialized headache program even if the origin of headaches was a concussion.

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  • Contact Us

    The Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic is located in the Cognitive Neurology Unit, Kirstein 2nd Floor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA.

    Phone: 617-667-4074; Fax: 617-667-2808