Brain Injury Center
Visiting the clinic
Boston Children's Hospital offers three outpatient clinics for individuals who have experienced a head injury.
The Sports Concussion Clinic, provided by the Division of Sports Medicine, cares for patients eight years of age and older who have experienced a recent sport related concussion. To make an appointment, please call 617-355-7220.
The Multidisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic cares for patients four years of age and older to screen for and treat long-term problems following a head injury. To make an appointment, please call 617-355-2490.
The Neurology Department provides urgent evaluation and treatment for patients who have experienced a recent concussion. To make an appointment, please call 617-355-2490.
About the clinics
Following a head injury, individuals may be seen in an emergency department, admitted to the hospital, evaluated by their regular doctor, or not seen by a healthcare provider.
Individuals with sport related concussion will be evaluated and treated in the Sports Concussion Clinic. Consultation and recommendation for returning to play and work. When indicated, neuro-psychological testing to evaluate cognitive function and reaction time, which may include a computerized test and/or written evaluation.
Days, weeks, or even months after a mild or moderate head injury or concussion, a child or adolescent may experience pain, headaches, trouble sleeping, or behavior problems. This patient may require further care in our Brain Injury Clinic.
The Multidisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic provides the opportunity for a comprehensive assessment by healthcare professionals who treat and manage the ongoing effects of a head injury.
The Neurology Department provides evaluation and treamtent for individuals who have recently experienced a concussion.
Preparing for your child's appointment
Please bring the following items to the appointment:
- Your child's insurance card
- Your child's Social Security card
- Your driver's license (or, if you are not the child's legal guardian, the license of the guardian)
- Name, address, and phone number for your child's pediatrician
- Referral form and authorization number from your insurance company, if needed
- List of all medications (including any vitamins, supplements or herbal therapies) presently being taken by your child
Copies of all test results, recent X-rays, CT and/or MRI scans that pertain to your child's visit and were done at a facility other than Boston Children's Hospital
Who will your child see at the clinic?
Depending on the clinic and the individual's needs, screenings are provided by physicians, nurse practitioners and other team members who specialize in:
Physiatrists, specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation, lead the comprehensive team in treating musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions following an injury.
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that diagnoses and treats brain or spinal cord injuries.
Sports Medicine specialists provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow-up care to individuals with sports related injuries.
Neurology and Anesthesia
A physician from neurology and anesthesia specializes in the management of brain, spine and nerve disorders, including headaches and pain syndromes.
Neuropsychology is a specialty area of psychology that applies knowledge of brain functioning in understanding how children think, learn, and manage their behavior. Learning, memory, organization, attention, and the regulation of emotions are all areas that may be affected by a brain injury. At the clinic, the neuropsychologist provides consultation around these issues with the medical team and family. The goal of this consultation is to determine whether further evaluation is warranted and to provide the family with feedback and recommendations as needed to promote the child's personal, social, and educational functioning.
Physical therapy (PT)
The role of the physical therapist is to asses your child's muscle strength, range of motion, balance, and coordination. Based on these findings, the therapist may recommend a more thorough evaluation at the Boston Children's physical therapy clinic or provide recommendations for continued therapy at a clinic close to home.
Occupation therapy (OT)
An OT specialist addresses upper extremity injuries, fine motor difficulties, reduced self-care or play skills, difficulties with visual-perceptual or visual-motor skills, organizational abilities, or memory.
How to find the clinics
The Concussion and Sports Clinic is located at 319 Longwood Avenue, across the street from the main hospital entrance.
Contact Sports Medicine at 617-355-7220 with any questions.
The Multidisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic is located on the eleventh floor of the Fegan building, in the Department of Surgery.
Contact the clinic at 617-355-2490 with any questions.
The Neurology Department is located on the eleventh floor of the Fegan building.
Contact Neurology at 617-355-0498 with any questions.
After the appointment
At the end of the appointment, you will receive written instructions and possibly medication or therapy prescriptions, as well as follow-up appointments or referrals.
A few weeks after the appointment, you and your child's doctor will receive copies of the team's thorough evaluation and recommendations.