Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
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. 140 have had a Neuropsychological assessment.
The program includes Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Social Work with specialized training and expertise in neurorehabilitation.
Finding the right medical, rehabilitative and support resources after TBI can be very challenging. We have developed the pages within this site to help you understand more about specific types of traumatic brain injuries and to learn about the services and programs available through the Beth Israel Deaconess Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury Program. Our services are geared towards treating those shortly after injury. For those experiencing prolonged symptoms, see section on programs for recommendations (see link).”
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. This particular problem is discussed in the section on programs. For some 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.
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 your injury, where you are in your acute recovery process, how well you are doing with school, work, leisure and social activities, your goals and whether you have the services you need in the community where you live.
Every individual who is evaluated at the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic benefits from expert advice to continue recovery and gradually return to your 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.